Unhealthy and Unthinkable: Dangers of Soda Additives

Are you a member of the Pepsi generation or would you rather buy the world a Coke? Either way, if youre like most people youre at least occasionally swayed by the allure of sugary sodas and soft drinks. While most people are aware that sodas are obviously not a healthy choice of beverage, there are a number of facts that you may not be aware of which make them not only unhealthy but downright scary.

 

As demand increases, so do the instances of quantity over quality. Such was the way the world was introduced to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). A cheaper alternative to natural sugars, HFCS has a scary back story. Most people dont realize that in order to produce it, numerous chemicals are used to turn corn into corn starch, and then in to high fructose corn syrup. One such chemical, glutaraldehyde, (which is also used as a disinfectant) is highly dangerous and has been shown to irritate human lungs, eyes, and throats, as well as even burning holes in the human stomach. If that wasnt bad enough, two of the other chemicals used to produce HFCS contain mercury. In fact, up to half of the HFCS-containing products on the market today test positive for mercury contamination.

 

That dark caramel color that your cola is sporting doesnt come from any natural sources, and is far more dangerous than just potentially staining your teeth. The coloring used in cola which is branded Caramel IV contains absolutely no caramel whatsoever. In fact, its just the result of chemical reactions of combining sugars with ammonia and sulfites at high pressure and high temperature. A byproduct of this process is a chemical called methylimidazole, which in government studies has shown to cause cancers of the lungs, thyroid, and liver as well as leukemia.

 

Ever wonder what gives your soft drinks that crisp taste? Its not the carbonation, thats for sure. Actually, its phosphoric acid. Not only does it give your soda that edgy bite, it also leads to osteoporosis and neutralizes other stomach acids and can interfere with digestion. That extra bite or tang could easily be found in nature by way of lemon or ginger, but phosphoric acid is much cheaper and easier to obtain. Soda isnt its only application of course; its also added to industrial cleaners, fertilizers and detergents.

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