Carbonated drinks

Today’s offering is about a popular item to quench a thirst.

Soda typically contains carbonated water, a sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. Most sodas also contain caffeine, Aspartame, colorings, preservatives, and/or other additives. Other names for soda include soda pop, pop, or soft drinks. The 2 major soft drinks companies have been under lawsuits in some of the developed countries against using Aspartame which causes several diseases.

Right off the bat, let it be known that the trucks transporting the sweetener to make the drinks must display the hazardous material signs, by law.

An occasional soda is not a health risk for most people; regular consumption, even one or two sodas daily, can add up to health trouble over the long run, whether it is diet soda or regular. The Harvard School of Public Health warns that the constant consumption of such high-sugar beverages may increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. The school also says drinking just one soft drink a day increases your risks of experiencing blood sugar level problems by 25 percent.

The average 12-ounce can of soda has the equivalent of 17 teaspoons of sugar; it’s not hard to see that soda can be bad for your teeth and your overall health. The sweet sugar is definitely not the reason for a failing kidney but the artificial sweeteners are. The American Academy of Neurology has discovered that artificially sweetened drinks are connected to a higher risk of depression, at least 30% as much. A pH level of 3.2 is quite high and decides the acidic nature of a liquid. These beverages are acidic in nature, and that’s what can destroy your teeth.

Soda cans are coated with the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heart disease to obesity to reproductive problems. The most recent headlines have raised concerns that diet sodas boost stroke risk. Diet and regular sodas have both been linked to obesity, kidney damage, and certain cancers. Regular soft drinks have been linked to elevated blood pressure.

Obesity was never a major problem before these new soft drinks were introduced. These products are the reason why a major portion of the population is turning obese, which includes children and teenagers. Obesity is the root of diseases that affect heart, lungs, and kidney.

To keep its zero-calorie status, companies sweetened the drinks with the artificial sweetener aspartame. Scary as it is, aspartame, is on an EPA list of potentially dangerous chemicals contributing to neurotoxicity, right beneath arsenic. There is usually a notice printed on the can to notify consumers that it contains phenylalanine, an amino acid found in aspartame. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, phenylalanine can interact with various medications and make their effects stronger or weaker. It can also worsen the symptoms of various health conditions.

Several studies have linked diet drinks to increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems like diabetes and stroke, in addition to increased belly fat and high cholesterol.

The artificial brown coloring in colas is a chemical process, it is not made from caramelized sugar. It is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures. These chemical reactions result in the formation of 2-methylimidazole (2-MI) and 4 methylimidazole (4-MI), which in government-conducted studies caused lung, liver, or thyroid cancer or leukemia in laboratory mice and rats.
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is added to many citrus based sodas and sports drinks to prevent the drinks from separating. What’s the concern? BVO is patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant. It is also banned in over 100 countries, but it is still used in the U.S.

(Sources: EPA.org, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Maryland Medical Center.)

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