More than just bubbles
Soda pop was once an occasional treat contained in a tiny glass bottle. It now comes in bucket sizes and is a staple item in many people’s diet. There are countless varieties and methods of sweetening, preserving and coloring soft drinks. From high fructose corn syrup to aspartame, there are many troubling issues that come with the overconsumption of pop.
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup: can cause insulin resistance and weight gain (over time obesity and diabetes), high cholesterol and triglycerides along with increased oxidation, (over time heart disease). Oxidation is the reason we take anti-oxidants. Mercury is used in the processing of HFCS and therefore there is possible mercury exposure. HFCS does not make you feel full, resulting in overconsumption (please refer to Heavy Metals for more information).
2. Artificial Sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame-potassium and neotame can cause headaches, mental confusion, depression, liver effects, kidney effects, bronchitis, loss of appetite, nausea, lack of balance, visual disturbances, numbness, memory loss, severe mood swings, suicidal tendencies, weight gain and can possibly cause cancer. Sucralose can cause reactions such as headaches. There are currently no long-term human studies on its safety available for public review.
3. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO): is found in cloudy looking drinks like yellow sodas. This substance is banned in many European countries and has been reported to cause serious toxicity with overconsumption such as headaches, fatigue, memory loss, loss of coordination, rashes, irritability, psychosis, confusion and hallucinations.
4. Phosphoric Acid: is found in many soft drinks in particular the colas. Can reduce bone mineral density by upsetting the calcium phosphorus balance contributing significantly to osteopenia or osteoporosis.
5. Sodium Benzoate and Artificial Coloring: a preservative found in many soft drinks, it has been known to cause asthma attacks and behavioral changes in sensitive people.
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