Cola, pop, soda- whatever you call it- it has become a staple in the American household. Most families drink this not on occasion, but on a daily basis. It is crazy how this drink has crept its way into our homes and into our lives- we simply cannot function without it. We are running up to the store to pick up a case or two when we are running low, we are giving it to our children with their dinners, we are waking up and guzzling a can before work. Do a little experiment and the next time you do your grocery shopping take note of how many shopping carts are loaded with some type of fizzy beverage. It is unbelievable!! Americans consume on average 1.6 cans of cola per day, this adds up to 584 cans per year per person which adds up to 43, 371 cans in a lifetime! This is just drinking 1.6 cans a day- can you imagine the numbers if we calculate 4 or 5 cans a day??? We love this stuff and we live for this stuff but do we know what we are really drinking when we pop open the tab of one of these cans??
CARBONATED WATER: This is water that is injected with carbon dioxide gas- this is probably the most harmless of all of the ingredients….
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: This has gone through enzymatic processing to increase its fructose level, then its mixed with unenzymatic processed corn syrup to make a cheap and unhealthy sweetener.
CARMEL COLOR: This is just sugar that has been heated until it turns a brown color. However, the heating process to make Carmel coloring in soda requires ammonia- class IV sulfite ammonia- do a search.
PHOSPHORIC ACID: This is a chemical that gives cola’s their “ZIP”- this chemical is an excellent rust remover for iron and steel. Give it a try!
NATURAL FLAVORS: This sounds harmless and possibly healthy-but in fact, most cola’s ” secret recipes” are safely hidden in these “natural ingredients.”
CAFFEINE: This ingredient in large amounts can cause many health related issues.
In Diet Colas there are:
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: A 12 ounce diet cola has 180 mg of aspartame, 15 mg per ounce. Aspartame has been linked to brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Lymphoma, birth defects, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and many more. Aspartame is made up of 3 chemicals- Aspartic Acid (40%), Phenylalanine (50%), and methanol (10%). Methanol breaks down into formaldehyde in the body and is a deadly neurotoxin. A great source to find out more information on aspartame ingredients click here. Also, there was an interesting experiment done using aspartame -to look at pictures and read the results click here.
We are consuming this “liquid health hazard” at what cost? Tooth decay, diabetes, osteoporosis, and obesity to name a few. Maybe we should think twice before we grab for a can of this so called “refreshing beverage”- I am sure our bodies will be so grateful!!!
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