You’ve probably already heard countless reasons why soda is bad for you, but can it actually kill you? You already know that soda is basically sugar water with no nutritional value that can increase your risks for obesity and diabetes. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sweetened drinks are the largest contributor of empty calories and processed sugar in both the American and European diet.
But experts are also quick to point out that other than sugar, there are nine other potentially dangerous ingredients in soda, including carcinogenic artificial colors and phosphoric acid, which can contribute to everything from obesity to cancer to the depletion of the nutrients that are needed for strong bones.
Here are a few new very disturbing soda facts that, trust us, you need to know about…
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In the news again…
Soda, and the concerning chemicals in it, is back in the news yet again after Consumer Reports issued a new study finding: the golden-brown color of many soft drinks comes with a dose of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MeI. On U.S. product labels it appears simply as “caramel coloring.
Those who say the chemical may possibly cause cancer include the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the state of California, which now limits manufacturers to 29 micrograms of exposure for the average consumer per day.
Foods exceeding that limit have to carry a warning label that reads: “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.”
But when Consumer Reports purchased sodas in California and had them analyzed by a lab, it found that one 12-ounce serving of Pepsi One or Malta Goya exceeded the levels permitted without a warning label.
As if this latest news wasn’t disturbing enough, here are some additional reasons to limit/avoid soda.
It may help cause diabetes.
A new study out today suggests that just one 12 ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage can raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 22 percent. Notably, even diet soda drinkers had to worry about developing diabetes.