Melissa Wiliams, Freelance Writer | Co-Owner, Yoga Junction
You may love the taste, but soda does nobody good diet or regular, this popular beverage has been linked to a host of very serious health problems.
1. Two years ago, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) tried to have the artificial caramel coloring found in sodas banned from food products after reviewing studies that found contaminants in the coloring cause cancer in animals. Unfortunately, the ban was never enacted. A small amount of these chemicals can pose a cancer threat (16 micrograms per day). The average soda contains 200.
2. It will age you. An ingredient in soda, phosphates, has been shown in excess to cause heart, kidney and bone problems as well as accelerated aging.
3. Its not just cavities. Mountain Dew mouth, the term dentists coined after seeing children with rotted teeth is only one problem with the excess of sugar and artificial ingredients found in sodas. One report shows that a key chemical found in Mountain Dew can cause memory loss. (This same chemical is found in the artificially flavored lemon-lime sports drinks, too.)
4. Back to BPA. Aluminum cans are lined with BPA. We’ve reported before on the health issues associated with excess BPA including hormone problems in children and adults.