Chemical Cocktail: Why You Will Never Touch Another Soft Drink Again

Photo by: Thomas Lieser

Photo by: Thomas Lieser

By Marina Daniell

Everyone knows soft drinks are bad for your health. But, everyone is still drinking them. If you go to the gym, eat healthy and detox often, but consume soft drinks, then I’m sorry to say you’re not being healthy.

Soft drinks are one of the worst things you can put in your body, they are filled with toxic artificial flavours, copious amounts of sugar and salt, and endless amounts of chemicals.

What everyone needs to do is avoid soft drinks entirely. And I’ll say it again…Avoid soft drinks entirely.

Here are just a few of the many harmful effects of soft drinks:

Increases Weight Gain and Obesity

You don’t need me to tell you that soft drinks promote weight gain, just one can contains approx. 120 to 190 empty calories that dramatically increase fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, which can contribute to insulin resistance, diabetes and increased cholesterol levels.

Causes Cancer

The artificial caramel coloring used to make colas brown contains 2 contaminants; 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole - which have been found to cause cancer in animals. Just 16 micrograms of 4-methylimidazole per day is enough to pose a cancer threat, and most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms per 600ml bottle.

Harmful for your Heart and Kidney

All colas contain phosphates, or phosphoric acid, an acid that gives colas their tangy taste and a long shelf life. Even though it exists in foods, such as meat and dairy, excess phosphoric acid can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, and osteoporosis.

Soft drinks with caffeine are addictive

Crave a Coke sometimes? That’s addiction. If you consume caffeine, when you don’t get your usual dose of it, you can suffer a range of withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, migranes, fatigue, muscle pain and inability to concentrate, which in turn makes you say “I need a Coke”.

Even the can is harmful

The epoxy resin called BPA that is used to keep the acids in soft drink from reacting with the metal in cans is known to interfere with hormones, and has been linked to infertility, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

And if you drink diet soft drinks

Diet soft drinks contain the toxic sweetener aspartame, which can cause serious damage to the nervous system has been linked to brain tumors. High levels of aspartame change serotonin levels in your brain, which can lead to mood and emotional disorders. Aspartame also increases your hunger actually hindering weight loss, and it’s even been linked to eye pain, blurred vision and, in some cases, blindness.

But wait, soft drinks are great for something…

The corrosive qualities in soft drinks make for a great toilet cleaner!

So next time you feel like a soft drink, instead of sipping on a chemical-shit-storm, opt for a cup of tea instead, or even make your own vitamin water – cucumber, basil and lime is really refreshing.


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