What’s in a Soda?

Might as well go for a soda was the title of the popular Kim Mitchel song back in the 80s, much to the delight of the commercial soft drink industry. When one samples a couple of lines of the chorus, it isn’t hard to understand why:

Might as well go for a soda
Nobody hurts and nobody cries,
Might as well go for a soda
Nobody drowns and nobody dies….

The only piece of truth in the chorus is the part about nobody drowning. So what’s in a soda? Well the list reads like a horror novel:
Sugar (between 6 and 10 teaspoons of it), caffeine (up to 46mg), high fructose corn syrup (which cirrhoses the liver), phosphoric acid (which will dissolve an iron nail if given enough time), carbonated water (neutralizes stomach acid), fluoride ion (thyroid toxic and between 0.7 to 1.12mg/l, fluoridation occurs at 0.7mg/l), aspartame (neurotoxic and increases desire for refined carbohydrates), coal tar dies (used for coloring), pthalates (plasticizers that leech from the plastic bottles) and brominated vegetable oils (emulsifiers and also toxic to the thyroid).
This list is merely the main bad boys and doesn’t include other possible contaminants. So what will happen to you if you imbibe soda on a regular basis? The answers are cancer, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and behavioral problems as well as lowered levels of magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B1 and vitamin A.
Perhaps Kim Mitchel’s lyrics should have read:

Baby don’t go for that soda
Everyone hurts and everyone cries,
Baby don’t go for that soda
You won’t feel better and maybe you’ll die…

Don’t worry, I won’t give up my day job to become a professional lyricist.

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