The Startling Risks of Soft Drink Consumption (A Series) – Part 6: Cancer Risks

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:

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: The Safe Shopper’s Bible: A Consumer’s Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, by Samuel S. Epstein, MD.  (To be continued)