Soft Drinks

Soft Drinks are Far From Soft

Soft drinks trace their history back to the
mineral waters found in natural springs.
Ancient societies believed that bathing in
natural springs and/or drinking mineral
waters could cure many diseases. In the
1920's the first automatic vending
machines began to appear and currently
Americans drink 13.15 billion gallons of
carbonated drinks every year.

The consumption of soft drinks is riddled
with health hazards which are associated
with obesity, diabetes and other blood
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Drinking acidic drinks over a long period of time and continuous sipping can erode the tooth enamel. Most soft
drinks contain high concentrations of simple carbohydrates - glucose, fructose, sucrose, and other simple
sugars. Oral bacteria ferment carbohydrates and produce acid, which dissolves tooth enamel during  the dental
decay process; thus, sweetened beverages are likely to increase risk of dental caries. The risk is greater if the
frequency of consumption is high.

The USDA recommended daily allotment (RDA) of added sugars is 10 teaspoons for a 2000 calorie diet, many soft
drinks contain more than this amount. Unless fortified, it also contains little to no vitamins, minerals, fiber,
protein, or other essential nutrients. Many soft drinks also contain food additives such as food coloring,
artificial flavoring, emulsifiers, and preservatives.

Drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day increases the risk of developing diabetes by 80%.
Higher consumption of these beverages is associated with a greater magnitude of weight gain and an increased
risk for development of Type 2 Diabetes in women.

High fructose corn syrup has been criticized as having a number of detrimental effects on human health, such as
promoting diabetes, hyperactivity, hypertension, and a host of other problems. High fructose corn syrup is
associated with poor development of collagen in growing animals, especially in the context of copper deficiency.
All fructose must be metabolized by the liver studies have shown that animals on high-fructose diets develop
liver problems similar to those of alcoholics.

Aspartame, an artificial sweetener used in diet sodas, is a potent neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter.

Citric acid often contains traces of MSG a neurotoxin. Artificial flavors may also contain traces of MSG.

The water used may not come from the best sources and often contain high amounts of fluoride and other

Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands. In large amounts, caffeine can lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in
children. Caffeine-containing, soft drinks are not a valid source of dietary fluids because of the diuretic
properties of caffeine. Women who consume one cup of caffeine-containing beverage per day are more prone to
PMS and the more caffeine they consume the more severe their symptoms will be.

Phosphoric acid is associated with calcium loss which causes a complete loss of enamel on the teeth, resulting in
yellow teeth, tooth rot, tooth loss, periodontal disease, gingivitis, digestive problems, and bone loss can be
problems with a diet high in phosphorus. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is
pulled out of the bones. This situation leads to poor bone mineralization (building) which explains the greater
risk of broken bones in children who consume soft drinks and is the same scenario for developing osteoporosis.
Potential calcium deficiency symptoms may be more likely when the phosphorus intake is very high. A low
calcium-to-phosphorus ratio in the diet increases the incidence of hypertension and the risk of colon-rectal

Sodium preservatives add sodium to the diet and reduce the availability of potassium. Some reported reactions
to sodium benzoate include rash, asthma, and eczema.

Sodas also contain an array of chemical acids as additives, such as acetic, fumeric, gluconic, and phosphoric
acids, all of them synthetically produced. Drinking sodas, especially on an empty stomach, can upset the fragile
acid-alkaline balance of the stomach and other gastric lining, creating a continuous acid environment which leads
to inflammation of the stomach and duodenal lining which can become quite painful progressing to gastric lining
erosion. A common complaint in teenagers is general gastrointestinal (GI) distress or stomach ache.

Benzene is a known carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. Research has shown that benzoates and ascorbic acid
or erythrism acid can react to produce benzene. These levels can be higher than the standard of 5 ppb
established by the EPA. This reaction is happening inside of the bottle or can.

Soft drinks displace other healthier choices in people’s diets, such as water, milk, and fruit juice. High in
phosphorous and phosphoric acid, they infiltrate bodily fluids and corrode stomach linings, upset the alkaline-
acid balance of the kidneys, and eat away at your liver. They also contain hidden caffeine, refined sugar, and
artificial chemicals.

Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the American diet comes from soft drinks. That’s more than just an
unhealthy consumption of empty calories. It is a dangerous overload of caffeine and potentially hazardous,
nutrient-depleting, additives. For a nation whose health care is out of control the cultural ramifications of this
are huge.

Can you find any good reasons to drink this stuff?