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What Is Really In Your
Effervescent, Fizzy Soda Drink?
We Suggest You Print This And Keep It

From Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.


Translated I believe from French.  More info on aspartame on,,

It was not so long ago that a can of cola, soda, or any other type of effervescent drink was a rare one, but now many of us drink at least one a day. In fact, the average consumption of soft drinks in many countries has already reached a staggering 25 gallons per year! We all know that soft drinks are not good for us because they contain lots of sugar, and the types of sodium diet can make you fat as well, but what else could these popular drinks be doing to harm our health? Recent medical studies have suggested that soft drinks are even worse for health than we ever imagined, and it is not just because of sugar. Here are ten ingredients that you will be surprised to know are commonly found in the soft drinks you probably drink daily.

1. Phosphoric Acid
Phosphoric acid, which is also known as orthophosphoric acid, is added to carbonated drinks to give them acidity. Some studies have suggested that phosphoric acid reduces levels of calcium in the body and can have a detrimental effect on bone density. Scientists have also shown that there is a connection between the amount of soda you drink and an increase in the likelihood of your developing kidney stones.

2. Alcohol
Surprisingly, researchers at the French National Institute for Consumer Affairs found that more than half of the well-known soft drinks they tested contained traces of alcohol. It was far from enough to make him drunk, but it was enough to be cause for concern for some religious soda drinkers.

3. Benzene
Benzene is a carcinogen that can be found in tobacco smoke and crude oil, but it has also been found in many soft drinks as well. In 2005, the US Food and Drug Administration found that most of the fizzy soft drinks contained some benzene, and 10 of the 200 drinks they sampled contained above the legally allowed limit. The worst criminals have now been reformulated, or taken off the market, but many soft drinks still contain a lot of benzene.

4. Aspartame
Aspartame, which is a genetically modified ingredient that is used in soft drinks like candy, has been linked to many potential health risks, including chronic fatigue, tuberculosis, leukemia, anxiety and milder side effects such as dizziness and nausea. The ingredient used to be illegal until that ruling was overturned in what some people consider as very suspicious circumstances.

5. Sodium benzoate
Although scientists have discovered that there are no adverse effects of consuming sodium benzoate, it is certainly not a natural product. Sodium benzoate is a preservative that is not found naturally in all foods. In the UK, Coca Cola are extinguishing their use due to consumer pressure, although it is still present in many other carbonated drinks, and it is still in glue in many other countries.

6. Mercury
The high fructose corn syrup that is used in many carbonated drinks has been found to contain traces of highly toxic metal, mercury. In tests conducted by the Institute of Agriculture and Trade, it was found that about half of the samples tested contained mercury, which enters the product during its manufacture.

7. Citric acid
The citric acid you get in your soft drinks is not obtained from citrus fruits, as you may have thought; is a manufactured, artificial version of the acid. Manufacturers use citric acid as a preservative and flavor enhancer and although it is too weak to do very badly in small amounts, large amounts of citric acid can corrode the stomach lining.

8. 4-methylimidazole
4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) is a carcinogenic compound which is created as a by-product of the manufacture of the caramel dye used in many cola drinks and is considered to be undesirable in most food products. However, it is deliberately added to many cola drinks. The amount of 4-methylimidazole found in certain glues is four times higher than the recommended amount, although in some regions, Cola is reducing the amount.

9. Bisphenol A
In Canada and France, bisphenol A (BPA) has been banned as a toxic substance but is still present in soft drinks in other countries. The chemical mimics estrogen, and it can interfere with the thyroid hormones. At high doses, this can cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and even brain damage.

10. High fructose syrup
High fructose syrup (HFCS) is one of the main ingredients in most popular brands of fizzy drinks and it is the volume that is in drinks like cola that is the problem. Long-term high consumption of HFC leads to an unnatural increase in body fat, which can lead to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.