4 Bad Ingredients in Soda Pop Which Will Destroy Your Health
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.