A lot of attention had recently been given to the fact that Coke and Pepsi have decreased the amounts of caramel color in their drinks to avoid having to label them with a cancer warning. But reducing the amount of caramel color won’t change the fact that sodas are carcinogenic chemical cocktails. Here is a list of what makes soda so toxic. And by the way, caramel color is found in many foods most people eat every day, such as some breads, so if you are concerned about your caramel color intake, make sure to read the label on anything you buy.
1- Hormone-disrupting BPA in the can lining. This chemical mimics the female hormone estrogen and has been shown to have a number of detrimental effects on your health including raising your risk of breast and prostate cancer. You might also wind up with a bad case of moobs if you’re a guy.
2- Aluminum in soda cans. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in many studies.
3-Brominated vegatable oil. This is present in about 10% of fruit-flavored sodas and sports drinks in the USA. Bromine displaces iodine and the resulting deficiency can increase your risk of breast, thyroid gland, ovary and prostate cancer. Bromine toxicity itself can cause symptoms such as skin rashes, severe acne, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fatigue, metallic taste, and cardiac arrhythmia. It can also impair fertility.
4-Corn syrup sweetener, found in sodas, juices and many other processed foods is directly linked to obesity in a dose-dependant manner. Fructose, which is found in corn syrup, has also shown to induce the creation of new fat cells around internal organs (visceral fat). Obesity is a cause of type-2 diabetes and visceral fat, in particular has been linked to metabolic disturbances, increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes as well as breast cancer and the need for gallbladder surgery in women. http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/Abdominal-fat-and-what-to-do-about-it.shtml
5-Aspartame in diet sodas can cause many health problems, including neurological, psychiatric, gastro-intestinal and other issues and has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals.
6-Soda contains a lot of sodium, which will not slake your thirst, but lead to more dehydration. Too much sodium in your diet is bad for your health and can affect your blood pressure.
7-Soda is highly acidic. When you take in acidic substances, it alters your body ph. To maintain your blood ph in the right range, your body has to leach alkaline minerals from your own bones. This is why acid-causing substances can contribute to demineralization and its associated problems. Your cells also don’t transport oxygen as well when your ph is acidic. What’s more, cancer cells thrive in an acidic, oxygen-depleted environment while an alkaline environment wipes them out. This is why alkalization and oxygenation are the basis of many natural treatments for cancer. In other words, by acidifying your ph, drinking soda turns your body into a friendly place for cancer cells. To read more about Ph and cancer, go here http://www.alkalizeforhealth.net/cancerselftreatment.htm
8- Caramel color. It’s a chemical, not caramel, and it is so carcinogenic that Coke and Pepsi recently opted to reduce the amount of caramel color in some of their sodas rather than have to label these drinks with cancer warnings according to new FDA guidelines.
9- Mountain Dew turns mice to jelly. This was the defense launched by the company when they were assailed with a lawsuit from a man who claimed to have found a dead mouse in his soda. They said that was impossible because the acids in the soda would have disintegrated in the mouse into a jelly-like substance. Yech! If it does that to a mouse, what does it do to your insides? And if it does that to a mouse, who knows how much disintegrated junk you might be ingesting when you have a can?
10- Phosphoric acid, added to sodas to give them a tangy taste, is so corrosive it destroys tooth enamel and is even used industrially as a rust remover. http://www.naturalnews.com/021774.html
Besides being poisonous, soda makes you burp. That’s not ladylike!
Still feel like drinking soda?