These are excerpts from an article on the potentially deleterious effects of today’s soft drinks. Yikes!
Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years, and found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn’t drink any soda. Those who drank more than two diet sodas per day saw a 500 percent waist expansion! A separate study the same researchers conducted on mice suggested that it was the aspartame, which raised blood glucose levels, that caused the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the excess is converted to body fat.
The carmel coloring in most soft drinks causes cancer in animals. In fact, a nonprofit asked the FDA to ban it because it contains 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Main notes that just 16 micrograms per day can be a cancer threat. Yet most of the popular soft drinks have 200 micrograms per 20 ounces.
Another study on the phosphates in soft drinks suggests they might accelerate the aging process. The rats in the study died five weeks earlier than rats with normal phosphate levels. Phosphoric acid, the fourth listed ingredient can potentially cause heart and kidney problems, muscle loss and possibly osteoporosis.
The artificial sweeteners like saccharin do not break down when they go through our bodies. Evidently these then end up in water systems because treatment plants do not catch them either. This leaves them to mess around with the natural feeding habits of the food chain. Now we are getting into the environmental impacts.
If you like the more citrus-based drinks, then this next one might freak you out. Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, can cause memory loss and possibly nerve disorders. Industries use this as a flame retardant in plastics while Pepsi puts it in Mountain Dew so the flavoring does not separate from the drink. Not to be out done, though, the chemical can also cause infertility.
Parents of young children should be familiar with bisphenol A (BPA). They chemical made headline news because manufacturers used it to line plastic baby bottles even though it can leach into the liquid and cause long-term problems. Those include hormone levels, infertility and obesity. While most baby bottles no longer contain BPA, the aluminum cans filled with the soft drink of your choice sure do.
Highlighting another devastating environmental impact through the photographic works of Chris Jordan. Go head and take a look. They speak for themselves.
Last but not least, the corn-based ingredients like high fructose corn syrup probably come from genetically modified corn. We have no real idea what GMOs do to our long-term health.
Article written by Aaron Krager. Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/