7 Deadly Sins of Soda
Published on May 6th, 2013
1. Phosphoric Acid
Phosphoric acid actually weakens your bones and rots your teeth! Although there is a small amount in cokes depending on your intake it will cause problems. In addition to weakening your bones and rotting your teeth it carries with it a risk of osteoporosis. Soda intake has been linked to chronic kidney disease and kidney stones.
2. Excessive Artificial Sweeteners
These artificial sweeteners should be called addictive sweeteners. They actually make you crave more of them which you can find in your favorite can of soda!
3. Carmel Color
This chemical caramel color is purely cosmetic, it doesn’t add flavor but it does add carcinogens. This same chemical color actually causes cancer in animals. The FDA is well aware of the cancer causing properties however, they claim we would have to consume large amounts in one day to have the same effect.
This known carcinogen is not added in soda however when you digest aspartame (found in diet soda) it breaks down into two amino acids and methanol is formic acid and formaldehyde combined.
5. Food Dyes
Studies have shown that some food dyes contribute to impaired brain function, hyperactivity behavior, difficult focusing and lack of impulse control and cancer. Best case is to stay away. More studies are coming out with more disturbing facts and links to other health related issues.
6. Potassium Benzoatei
This is a preservative that can be broken down to benzoate in your body and when left in the sun becomes a carcinogen.
7. High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup is a concentrated form of sugar, made from corn. It contributes to increased body fat, cholesterol and contributes to cravings for more. More craving, means more body fat, more cholesterol and more cravings. A bad cycle to get started on and even a tougher one to get off.
Fun Fact: While researching this article I found a variety of studies that stated the opposite. Guess who funded them? A soda maker! Check the research financial backing before taking it as truth.