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4 Bad Ingredients in Soda Pop Which Will Destroy Your Health

Updated on July 31, 2012

Consumers rarely stop to consider that corporations are driven by profits rather than the well being of their customers. Manufacturers of soda pop want to sell their product as inexpensively as possible to obtain the greatest profits. In order to accomplish this they use the most inexpensive ingredients possible to give just the right taste, color and shelf life. Unfortunately, these ingredients have proven to have serious health consequences when consumed regularly.

Here are 4 ingredients in soda pop which destroy your health:

1) High Fructose Corn Syrup - Metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by excess fat around the stomach, the organs beneath the stomach, high blood pressure, insufficient levels of HDL cholesterol and obesity. A study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine found that individuals who drank one or more sodas per day increased their risk of developing metabolic syndrome by fifty percent. Metabolic syndrome is high risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

The ingredient in soda pop believed to be responsible for the onset of metabolic syndrome is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is a loosely bound, unstable sugar which forms compounds known to damage cells and tissue and is linked to diabetes. HFCS puts extreme stress on the pancreas and may increase risk for pancreatic cancer. It is also believed that drinking sodas with HFCS, conditions people to increase cravings for sugar. The reasoning behind this has to do with liquid calories not being able to satisfy cravings like calories from food. So how much high fructose corn syrup do they put in soda pop? An unbelievable 17 teaspoons per 20 ounce bottle or 13 teaspoons per 12 ounce can.

2) Phosphoric Acid - Phosphorus is useful to the body as long as it maintains a one to one ratio with calcium. When an imbalance occurs because of high phosphorus intake, phosphorus begins to corrode stomach lining, eats away at the liver, upsets the natural pH balance of the kidneys and causes acidity in the body which leads to numerous health conditions and diseases.

Soda pop is particularly high in phosphorus and is largely responsible for high phosphorus levels in Americans. When levels are high, calcium is not absorbed effectively and is leached out of the bones leading to bone loss, osteoporosis, rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. The calcium loss is responsible for inhibiting the growth of healthy bones and the increased incidence of broken bones in children. Studies have shown that the highly acidic phosphoric mix of soda pop will dissolve bone in a short period of time.

Individuals consuming sodas regularly over time may develop kidney stones due to the volume of minerals constantly being flushed from the body. Soda pop is particularly dangerous for adults over forty due to the decreasing ability of the kidneys to flush phosphorus from the body. A low calcium to phosphorus ratio also increases the incidence of colon cancer and high blood pressure.

3) Artificial Sweeteners - In the last couple of decades, saccharin, a petroleum derivative has become popular for weight management, particularly in soda pop. The public have been convinced by the soda pop industry (The Calorie Control Council) that saccharin is effective for weight loss and that the benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Research suggest that the risks outweigh the benefits. Thirty years of study show the carcinogenic effects of saccharin in the bladder and female reproductive organs with as little as one to two bottles of diet soda daily. Apartame (NutraSweet, Equal and Canderel) also widely used by diet soda pop manufacturers are believed to contribute to the development of brain tumors according to The Public Board of Inquiry.

4) Sodium benzoate - is used in may brands of soda pop as a preservative. Although it is not considered to be harmful it causes hyperactivity in children. The main concern with sodium benzoate is when it combines with citric or ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to form benzene. Benzene is a known carcinogen which increases the risk of leukemia and other cancers. The reaction to form benzene is increased in the presence of heat or light.

Soda pop consumption is linked to many diseases which include obesity, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and kidney stones. Every time a soda pop is purchased, the soda pop industry is being empowered to continue selling health destroying beverages. The good news is that there are healthy alternatives that taste even better.

Next time you get a craving for soda pop, grab some fresh, unsweetened fresh fruit juice and add some soda water and you will wonder why you ever settled for artificial flavors and sweeteners when you could have had the real thing. When mixed half and half with soda water you can drink and 8 ounce glass with approximately 80 calories, give or take a little depending upon the juice.

If time and convenience are a factor, the Switch company puts out an all natural, great tasting sparkling juice in a variety of flavors with no sugar added.


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    • woodamarc profile image

      Marc Woodard 

      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Your hub is right on. I've written about the ill-health effects of soda intake and how profit is king for the manufacturers at the expense of our health. Great job on getting the message out and providing healthy alternatives to those chemical drinks. Keep those hubs rolling!

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      7 years ago

      how do you stop addiction when it was to stop a other from beer and hard drinks in the first place.I need to stop drinking my 7up or doctor peper or pepis,being that I have diabetes mellitus.becuse its killing me slow.but its al I will drink.Water I will drink once in time,but I do not like the treast of the water.

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      hillbilly bob 

      8 years ago

      i can't believe they even made it's awful and can lead to different canacers

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      Sara Buffalo 

      8 years ago

      Soda is remarkably bad for you, I know from first had experience. My next store neighbor is on dialysis twice a week and the only vice he has is soda.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      I really have tried to eliminate soda from my diet and replace it with water for the most part. Whereas soda is bad for so many of the reasons you listed, water provides a lot of health benefits that so many people are missing.

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      8 years ago

      Important hub! Hope to see it highlighted many times over again. Thanks for posting.

      Would like to link this to my hub on candy and snacks.

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      Tessa M 

      8 years ago

      I'm almost disappointed I read this because it is so convincing! I really liked that you gave an alternative suggestion which I will definitely be trying; I'm guilty of being a huge soda drinker. Thanks for the great article!

    • heavenbound5511 profile image


      8 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Great page!

      Thanks for the facts on pop. I really didn't know it was that bad.

    • stey_true profile image


      9 years ago from Maine

      Thank you for making this Hub! Now, if I could just get my boyfriend to read it so he realizes Coca-Cola is not a healthy part of his diet!

    • Ironracer profile image


      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great info. I think I'll have to reduce the amount of diet soda (poison it now sounds like!) that I drink. Cheers.

    • jennajen26 profile image


      9 years ago from Halifax, NS

      i'm glad i stopped drinkin pop years ago :) and will never ever give it to my kids. good article!!

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      Dilip Chandra 

      9 years ago from India

      very good article... Soda Pop or carbonated soft drinks has an alarming amount of sugar, calories and harmful additives in it that have absolutely no nutritional value. Thanks for sharing the information.

    • jasoncox83 profile image


      9 years ago from Ohio

      Makes you think twice before drinking pop that is for sure.

    • WRITTENBYSHAWN profile image


      9 years ago from Port William, Ohio

      Great I need to examine my other options, I am really going to miss my soda.

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      Allan Douglas 

      9 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

      I've known that soda pop was bad for us, but not just how bad. You suceeded in scaring me!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      9 years ago from Europe

      wow! This is an eye-opener. Your awareness has really sunk into my cerebrum and I am very happy and definitely appreciative for this. Keep up the good work and create more awareness for the better life of people. Industries will never seize to put profit making first before the health of their consumers...

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California

      Someonewhoknows, as far as making your body acidic carbonated water won't do it because its pH is almost neutral just like milk.

    • someonewhoknows profile image


      9 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Steavewark122000 - I'm saying that too much carbonated water is not good to drink.I agree we need only a slightly more acid in our diet rather than more alakine.

      We need to know where our body PH is first.

    • ocbill profile image


      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      health destroying beverages. yeah, i had many cactus coolers in my younger days.

    • bayoulady profile image


      9 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Thanks for this,though it is not what I wanted to hear.(lol!) It's so hard to quit.It is an addiction, I don't care who says it's not! I'm working on it, and don't have it in my home anymore. I'm still using splenda, and way too much of it in my tea.

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      9 years ago

      Here's everything you need to know about pop and it's contents in one quick tale folks. While working as a truck driver I went to a Pepsi plant to haul a load of concentrated flavoring for full batch runs of certain flavors. Each of these containers were roughly the size of a pony keg.

      Well to make it short and sweet this load was classified as Hazmat and had to be hauled in a refrigerated trailer and could not exceed 45 degrees or it had the potential to combust into flames.

      Knowing this I still can't help but drink it even though I know it's no good for me. Just thought I would alert people that may be on the fence that stopping all pop use is wise to do if you can bring yourself to do it.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      So much of what we eat and drink , now , is becoming scary.!! Thanks for a great hub

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      Ryan Fuller 

      9 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      I have been trying to get out of the habbit of drinking soda. I think that this has convinced me. thanks. very good hub and informative.

    • Tamarajo profile image


      9 years ago

      My mom never gave us pop growing up and i am grateful now she didn't as i never developed a taste for it. I have always known it wasn't good for you. Thank ufor clarifying the specifics about it. Another informative hub.


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      Joni Douglas 

      9 years ago

      Great information. I really like your idea about adding soda to juices.

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      Jaroslaw A 

      9 years ago

      Excellent article. What is interesting about this whole concept is that soda is sometimes cheaper than a bottle of water. This might be one of the many reasons (e.g., addictive) why people keep drinking it.

      Thank you for great hub. Looking forward to read more.

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      Don Pratt 

      9 years ago from United States

      Good info! Water is the way to go! I have recently found stevia too. Sometimes I will add a little stevia to filtered water to drink while I am exercising.

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      Maggie Griess 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have always thought soda pop wasn't healthy from the sugar point of I find it is even worse than I thought and millions of children consume it. I like the idea of your substitute healthy and tasty beverage.

    • atienza profile image


      9 years ago from Northern California

      Great hub! I always thought I was doing myself a favor by consuming diet soda. I thought "At least I'm not getting the sugar." Now I know I need to cut back all together.

    • singlmomat52 profile image


      9 years ago

      If I drink a soda it is a caffiene free diet coke, but have pretty much given that up. I enjoy one every now and then. Great Hub!!

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      Eugene Sung 

      9 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Oh gosh, soda is so bad for you. I don't understand why so many people insist on drinking it. If I really crave something sweet to drink, I might have some grape juice or apple juice every now or then. Otherwise, water is good enough!

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for all comments!

      someonewhoknows, the belief that carbonated water is bad for teeth and bones because it is acidic is a myth. The fizz comes from carbon dioxide dissolved in water which forms the very weak acid carbonic acid. Carbonated water is only slightly acidic as is milk, which would never be said to be bad for your teeth.

      Consuming acidic foods is not bad. Balance is the key. The body needs both acidic and alkaline foods. The problem in North America is that most people consume a highly acidic diet which puts a strain on the body's buffering system and can lead to acidosis. Acidosis is responsible for many health conditions including problems with teeth and bones.

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      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      I knew sodas were huge culprits to creating a acid environment in the body, making us more susceptible to diseases including cancer. Thanks for explaining how this is linked to the phosphoric acid. Thanks also for explaining the mechanism behind the link to kidney stones. I'm sending this link to my brother and sister!

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      9 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I'm wondering why this information is not well known.Especially the information about how and why it affects the kidneys.

      The idea of using carbonated water for any reason seems almost as bad.Carbonated water is acidic as anyone who has ever tasted plain carbonated water can tell you.It's tastes awful.I suppose it's better to mix it with fruitjuices rather than drinking the alternative - soda pop with all the other unnatural ingredients in them.

      Go easy on the carbonated water.

    • fundamentallife profile image


      9 years ago

      Incredible information Steve, thank you for sharing.

      I am going to get my partner to read this, she drinks way too much soda (lemonade in the UK).

      Voted Up and awesome!


    • BobbiRant profile image


      9 years ago from New York

      I've worked with young people who will drink this stuff for breakfast and all day long. Not good. Schools should not have vending machines with soda either.

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      Kim Harris 

      9 years ago

      Another outstanding hub stevemark! A lot of good info but it didn't read like a text book. It comes across to me like you really are passionate about your topic and that you care about your readers, and want us to have information that will help us make better choices....without being fanatically preachy. You've made a complex topic understandable. Thank you stevemark.

    • GiftedGrandma profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Very useful hub. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Silva Hayes 

      9 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I plan to have my granddaughters read this today. Thank you!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      Soda is awful, simply awful!

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California

      There is talk that some of them will. Hopefully they will replace the other bad ingredients as well.

    • OpinionDuck profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks Steve

      Why don't the pop people use stevia?

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California

      ehern33, the best thing for you is Stevia. It is very sweet but has zero impact on blood sugar. I wrote a hub on Stevia and another hub on Splenda which you may find helpful.

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      9 years ago

      I use Splenda, maybe 2-4 teaspoons a day. I am pre-diabetic and should probably look for other alternatives. I just recently started with diet sodas but wil never have more than 3 cans a week. Thanks for the info. Should probably stay away from this stuff all together.

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      9 years ago from Chicago,IL

      I heard Pepsi will be taking the artificial sweeteners out soon and will replace them with Stevia. If it is true that will be a positive step, but I am with you fully natural is always better!

    • tthudium profile image


      9 years ago

      I dont drink pop very much... never have. I got in the habit of tea, chocolate milk and water. Keep up the good work!!!

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      Apostle Jack 

      9 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      I got the message,I think I will take heed.Thanks for bring it forth myfriend.

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      9 years ago from MI, United States

      A very useful informative hub! I wonder how many overweight/obese people there would be in the US if pop didn't exist. Significantly less I am sure. The decrease in diabetes alone I am sure would be substantial. I used to drink a lot of diet pop and was probably around 40 pounds overweight. When deciding to make my life healthier I swapped the diet pop for water and I believe it made a substantial difference in my weight loss.

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      9 years ago from Seattle

      Great, USEFUL hub! I'm voting this one up. Pop will rot your teeth! We've cut way back on our consumption and drink more water, which is natural and almost free. Keep up the good work!


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