One Calorie Counter's Advice

Warren Buffett’s diet is dictated by pleasure. Wine drinkers should take note
May 3, 2016

With all the statistics that business magnate Warren Buffett stores in his brain, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Berkshire Hathaway's largest shareholder counts calories. Specifically, those consumed via soft drinks, or so he's quoted in a story in Sunday's Wall Street Journal.

The Oracle of Omaha, who says he drinks about 750 calories of Cherry Coca-Cola a day, or about five cans' worth, addressed his soft-drink consumption when queried about  Berkshire Hathaway's large position with the soft-drink producer (Berkshire owns about 9 percent Coca-Cola, valued at $18 billion).

He reportedly told one questioner at the annual shareholders' shindig in Omaha, Neb., that he chooses to get his daily calories from "things that make me feel good when I eat them, and that's my sole criteria."

He is further quoted as saying, "I've not seen evidence that convinces me I'll be more likely to make it to 100 if I suddenly switched to water and broccoli." Buffet has joked that he is "one-quarter Coke."

It's a refreshing perspective for those of us who choose to accumulate our calories through wine (which evidence suggests might hold considerably more health benefits than cola).

Opinion

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