Friday, October 8, 2010

Soda - - It's Worse Than You Thought

Ingredients in Assorted Sodas

Coca Cola

Carbonated Water – the result – tooth decay hundreds of times faster than sparkling water

Caramel Coloring – Not certified by the FDA (considered exempt)

Same toxicological properties as caramel produced by heating


Caramel is burnt white sugar – sugar on top of sugar

Aspartame – Approx. 200 times sweeter than table sugar

92 side effects are possible results on consumption ex: headaches, vision

loss, seizures, neurological problems, cardiovascular problems, and death.

Converts to formaldehyde at a temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit –

The human body’s natural temp is 98.6

Phosphoric Acid—linked to lower bone density in epidemiological studies

Used to remove rust from metal

Kills brain cells

Damages skeletal system and greatly disturbs the body calcium-

Phosphorus ratio

Potassium Benzoate

In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), sodium and

potassium benzoate may form benzene, a known carcinogen.

Heat, light and shelf life can affect the rate at which benzene is formed.


acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects eating plants

A psychoactive drug – crosses the blood-brain barrier and effects mostly the

central nervous system where it alters brain function, causing changes in

perception, mood, consciousness, cognition and behavior.

In healthy adults, caffeine’s half life is approximately 4.9 hours

Half life = the time required for the activity of a substance taken into the

body to lose one half its initial effectiveness.


Caffeinism – caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and

mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness,

muscle twitching, insomnia, headaches, respiratory alkalosis, heart palpitations, peptic ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal flux disease.

Long term consumption of low dose caffeine slows hippocampus-dependent learning and impairs long-term memory.

Linked to hyperactivity

A 2008 study showed that women who consume 200 milligrams or more caffeine per day have about twice the miscarriage risk as women who consume none.

20-30 % of American adults consume more than 500 milligrams of caffeine per day – twice the amount doctors consider a large “drug dose”.

Caffeine has diuretic properties (increases the flow of urine). These properties put extra stress on the kidneys and have a dehydrating effect on the body. Various studies also link caffeine to birth defects and research shows that it interferes with DNA replication and robs the body of vital nutrients, especially B-vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, and potassium and prevents the absorption of iron.

SUGAR: The average can of soda is equivalent to 11 tablespoons of sugar.

No wonder soda plays a role in diabetes, kidney failure and anxiety

Random Concerning Facts:

Our bodies were made to have a natural pH balance of 7.3 which is slightly alkaline. A pH of 2 is 100,000 times more acidic than a pH of 7. Each can of soda has a pH of 2. A pH of 2 means that a person would have to drink 32 eight ounce glasses of alkaline water just to neutralize the effect of one can of soda.

Some mechanics use soda to remove rust from batteries and cables.

Soda originated in pharmacies – coke was supposed to relieve indigestion

Police use coke to remove blood from the streets

Sprite: contains all the ingredients that coke does except the caramel coloring, however, it has acesulfame potassium which is yet another artificial sweetener and high fructose corn syrup – more sugar!

Orange Soda: high fructose corn syrup, glycerol ester of wood rosin (a stabilizer that tries to keep a chemical reaction from occurring), food starch-modified (buffer against excessive heat), yellow 6 (a sulfonated version of Sudan I, a possible carcinogen), red 40 (originally made from coal tar, now made from petroleum)

Tips for replacing scary problems with simple solutions:

If carbonation has to happen, only give your kids sparkling water, mineral water (add juice for a taste similar to soda), or sparkling cider. Cider is better because it doesn’t have the high level of carbon dioxide that sparkling water does.

Sparkling Water Ingredients:

Carbonated water is like regular water only pressurized heavily with carbon dioxide.

Martinelli’s Cider Ingredients:

Pasteurized 100% Pure Carbonated Apple Juice from U.S. Grown Fresh Apples, Vitamin C, No Water or Alcohol, No Concentrates, No Sweeteners or Preservatives.


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