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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cancer and Other Reasons to Kick the Soda Habit

Most people are aware that soda is full of sugar, and large consumptions of sugar can lead to diabetes and obesity. But what many people are not aware of are other disturbing facts of how soda is actually dangerous to health.

Even one soda a day can contribute to excess fat around the liver. Studies have revealed that a soda a day can increase liver fat up to 142 percent. In addition, it can increase cholesterol levels by 11 percent and other fats in the blood and other organs by 30 percent. These results were based on one soda a day for a month. Imagine what the increases would be if the consumption of soda was 2-3 sodas per day.

Ok, no problem, just switch to diet soda, right? No. Even aspartame, a sugar substitute found in diet sodas, can raise blood glucose levels. The liver will turn excess glucose into fat. People who drink diet sodas can experience weight gain up to 70 percent more than those who don't, and the number increases dramatically--up to 500 percent--for people who drink two or more diet sodas a day.

Here is another disturbing fact. COLAS CAN CAUSE CANCER. Yes, the artificial caramel coloring in colas like Coke and Pepsi contain two dangerous chemicals called 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole that cause cancer in animals. It only takes 16 micrograms per person per day of
4-methylimidazole to cause cancer, and a 20 ounce bottle of cola contains 200.

Soda has also been linked to premature aging, increased cavities in the teeth, and pollution from cans and bottles. Water pollution has been found resulting from artificial sweeteners in diet sodas that do not break down in the body. When it ends up in rivers and lakes, it can interfere with the feeding habits of some organisms.
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