Phosphoric acid, added to give soft drinks a “bite”, actually pulls calcium out of the bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Also, diet sodas are very high in sodium. Too much salt in the diet may cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine, further increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Frequent consumption of soft drinks may also increase the risk of osteoarthritis. It’s truly amazing the harmful effects soft drinks can have on our bodies. With all of this information “out there”, it’s surprising that so many people continue to consume them, in record amounts.
One common problem on the rise in recent years, especially in teenagers, is general gastrointestinal (GI) distress and acid reflux. The common complaint heard is chronic “stomach ache”. In almost every case, if one successfully stops drinking sodas and caffeine, the symptoms diminish or disappear altogether.
You see, in addition to caffeine, sodas also contain an array of chemical acids as additives, such as acetic, fumaric, gluconic and phosphoric and citric acids, all of them synthetically produced. (This is why certain sodas work so well when used to clean car engines.) For human consumption, however, the effects are much less satisfying and quite precarious. Drinking sodas, especially on an empty stomach, can upset the fragile acid-alkaline balance of the stomach and other gastric lining, creating a continuous acidic environment. This prolonged acidic environment can lead to painful inflammation of the stomach and duodenal lining and over the long term, to gastric lining erosion. The carbonation in soda also neutralizes stomach acids, impairing the breakdown and absorption of essential nutrients. So, you can see, sodas and “sports drinks” aren’t just causing white scars/decalcifications on the teeth of orthodontic patients. They have been shown to be systemically harmful. (To be continued)
When drinking soda, the teeth are bathed in sugary water which, also, contains either phosphoric or citric acid. This promotes dental caries (cavities). Dental experts continue to urge people to drink fewer soft drinks, especially between meals, to prevent tooth decay (due to the sugars) and enamel erosion (due to the acids). According to the report published in the March/April edition of General Dentistry, phosphoric acid in soda causes tooth enamel erosion, even with minimal exposure. “Drinking any type of soft drink poses risk to the health of your teeth”, said Kenton Ross, a dentist and spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry. “My patients are shocked to hear that many of the soft drinks they consume contain nine to twelve teaspoons of sugar, and have an acidity that approaches the level of battery acid”, Ross said. (To be continued)
Frequent consumers of soft drinks may be at a higher risk of kidney stones and a slightly higher risk of heart disease. For anyone over age 40, soft drinks can be especially hazardous because the kidneys are less able to excrete phosphorus, causing depletion of vital calcium. (To be continued)
Saccharin in Diet Sodas: “More than a dozen animal tests over the last thirty years have demonstrated the carcinogenic effects of saccharin in the bladder and other sites, particularly female reproductive organs, and in some instances at doses as low as the equivalent of one to two bottles of diet pop daily”. Although this mechanism has not been found to exist in humans, links between saccharin and diabetes have been shown to exist. A 100-year-old non-nutritive, non-caloric sweetening agent, saccharin is a petroleum derivative estimated to be three hundred to five hundred times sweeter than sugar. Its use has exploded over the last twenty years as a staple of the diet food and drink craze. Side Effects of Saccharin Sodium: Livestrong.com.
Plastic bottles: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is used extensively in soft drink plastic bottles. PET bottles can release small amounts of dimethyl terephthalate, a compound which some experts believe to be carcinogenic, into foods and beverages. Source: www.newstarget.com/004416.html: The Safe Shopper’s Bible: A Consumer’s Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, by Samuel S. Epstein, MD. (To be continued)
Caffeine, an addictive stimulant found in around 70 percent of soft drinks and in particularly large amounts in diet sodas, stimulates the adrenal gland without providing the nourishment it needs. Caffeine in large amounts can even lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. It also upsets the normal balance of neuro chemistry in the developing brains of children.
Caffeine is a mild diuretic, which means it causes your body to lose water. It can also cause hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating and sleeplessness. Tests at John Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that women consuming at least one cup of a caffeine-containing beverage per day, such as coffee, tea or soft drinks, were more prone to PMS. Plus, the more caffeine they consumed, the more severe their PMS symptoms. Source: Food: Your Miracle Medicine: How Food Can Prevent and Cure over 100 Symptoms and Problems by Jean Carper. (To be continued)
Most soft drinks have artificial food colorings and artificial flavors. Studies are now pointing to a possible correlation between artificial food colorings and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children. Artificial colorings, especially Yellow No. 5, promote Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in some children and even cause asthma, hives and other allergic reactions in a small number of individuals.
The artificial flavors, as well as the citric acid, often found in sodas may contain traces of MSG, which like Aspartame is another potent brain toxin. (For more on MSG, go to www.pubmed.com and type in the words MSG Obese to read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.) (To be continued)
Diet sodas contain Aspartame, commonly known as NutraSweet, Equal, or Spoonful. Aspartame is a potent neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter containing methyl or wood alcohol, which can affect fetal brain development. It has been the giant among artificial sweeteners for the twenty years it has been around. The common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease, Aspartame’s ugly and debilitating side effects include headaches, memory loss, slurred speech, convulsions and vision problems, just to name a few. Remember, the phosphoric or citric acid contained in diet sodas causes decalcification of enamel and white scars on the teeth. For more information, pick up a copy of the book “Sweet Poison”, by Dr. Janet Starr Hull, or visit www.sweetpoison.com. (To be continued)
Doctors are seeing more and more cases of Type II Diabetes (previously called “Adult-Onset Diabetes”) which is a self-induced condition caused by a long history of heavily consuming processed and refined sugars. Obesity rates have risen in tandem with soda (soft drinks) consumption, and these days many children are affected by Type 2 Diabetes.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the U.S. In the last two decades, Type 2 diabetes has been reported among U.S. children and adolescents with increasing frequency. Type 2 diabetes begins when the body develops a resistance to insulin and no long uses the insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce sufficient amounts of insulin to regulate blood sugar. For more information, visit www.searchfordiabetes.org/public/dsphome.cfm. (To be continued)
Sugar, Obesity and High Fructose Syrup (HFCS)
All of our patients have been informed of the deleterious effects of soft drinks (regular and diet) on their teeth, especially those who are wearing orthodontic appliances. The harmful effects of the acids and/or sugar in these drinks cause white scars to form from the decalcification of enamel. It’s also important to note that sodas are harmful systemically. Please continue reading.
Soft drinks contain no nutrients, are high in calories, and loaded with sugar, mostly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. The average 12-ounce can of regular soda contains a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar! Multiply that by how many some people actually drink in a day, and you’re looking at long-term weight gain, obesity and other health issues. As people get older, excess weight contributes to heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Several scientific studies have shown that soft drinks are directly related to weight gain. That weight gain, in turn, is a prime risk factor for Type II diabetes, which, for the first time is becoming a problem for teens as well as adults.
Soda pop provides the average 12 to 19 year old with about 10-15 teaspoons of refined sugars per day, an amount roughly equal to the governments recommended limits for teens’ sugar consumption from all foods. Because soda also suppresses the appetite, soda drinkers are less likely to get the recommended levels of Vitamin A, calcium and magnesium. In addition, phosphorus, a common ingredient in sodas, can deplete bones of calcium, making soda drinkers (especially girls) more prone to broken bones. For more on why kids should avoid soda, read the “Soda Pop” article by author and child health advocate Jane Sheppard at the Holistic Pediatric Assoc. online www.hpakids.org. (To be continued)