Soft drinks (carbonated beverages) are really popular around the world. In some areas, like the United States, they actually cost less than water!
What the majority of consumers don’t know is what’s actually in them. In this article, you’ll learn about the compounds in the soft drinks you enjoy with your meals. Warning: after reading this, you may not want to drink them anymore!
How are soft drinks made?
These drinks are made using different chemical processes. Nothing natural goes into them. They contain refined sugar, flavorings, artificial dyes (these three substances account for 90% of the bottle), in addition to caramel, caffeine, additives and preservatives derived from tar (yes, you read that correctly).
The composition of colas, for example, is made with acids, mainly carbonic and erythorbate. The names sound just as horrible as they actually are. This is what you’re putting into your body and giving to your family!
Some of the not so widespread uses of cola drinks will make you realize just how damaging they are to your health. They include:
Cleaning the bathroom
It removes scale and stuck-on dirt on the sides of the toilet. All you have to do is add a little of this beverage to the bowl and let it work for a few seconds. Use a brush to leave it shining!
Mechanics use this drink to remove corrosion from battery terminals. Pour on a little and let it work for 30 minutes.
The acids contained in colas are first class solvents. Try using a little on something rusty, like a bicycle or nail.
Washing out oil stains
Another way that mechanics use soft drinks. When your clothing becomes soiled with motor oil, put it into a container with a few liters of soft drink. Let work for three hours and rinse with water. It will look like new!
Whether in the car or the windows in your home. Pour a little into your palm and spread it on the glass, then remove with a clean, moist cloth.
What else do soft drinks contain?
Yes, there are still more hidden surprises and secrets to reveal. Are you ready? You’ll be surprised! Phosphoric acid, for example. It’s a powerful corrosive agent that attacks the teeth first, then when it enters the body, “it has its way” with the stomach and the liver. It is the cause of many digestive, liver and intestinal problems and illnesses. A silent enemy that many do not realize is really dangerous.
Several studies have revealed that this acid is carcinogenic and is derived from petroleum. When combined with large quantities of sugar and caffeine it causes:
- Addiction: You’re always wanting to consume more and more.
- Changes in the nervous system: People who drink soft drinks are more excitable than others.
- Hormonal imbalances: For example, attacks on the endocrine system.
- Harmful to the teeth: Stains, rots and causes cavities.
- Weakens the bones: Robs the body of calcium.
- Weight gain: The high quantity of sugars they contain (even light and low-calorie versions) make you eat more food.
- Lowers immune defenses: You’ll be more likely to contract diseases caused by viruses and bacteria due to a weakened immune system.
- Increases allergies.
- Lowers levels of minerals in the body.
- Ferments food in the stomach: Drinking soft drinks with food negatively impacts the digestion process.
- Excess production of acetic acid and alcohol: This causes the liver to work harder as if you had consumed an alcoholic beverage and causes a lot of damage.
- Destruction and aging of the cells.
Why do we drink soft drinks if they are so bad for our health?
In the first place, because we don’t know any better. The same thing happens with the food we eat every day, whether it’s taken out or the semi-prepared food we fix at home. If people knew the negative consequences of drinking these beverages, they would immediately stop buying them and perhaps even production would stop. At least, we can start with ourselves by not consuming these harmful drinks or offering them to our loved ones.
Second, because they’re so addictive, soft drinks are purchased and treated like water or something good to share. Children are the first to ask their parents to buy a bottle at the store or when they eat out.
Third, because the advertising we see in the media depicts drinking certain soft drinks as “being trendy”, “enjoying an afternoon with friends”, or “being happy with the family”. And this just isn’t true. There’s a huge debate on the production and commercialization of these drinks. Corporations grow rich by deteriorating their clients’ health (as happens, for example, with the tobacco industry, one of the most important in the world).
What happens to our bodies when we drink soft drinks?
A really interesting study shows the effects that the famous drink with the red label and white letters have on the human body after drinking it. Do you want to know what they are?
- 10 minutes – The nervous system is suddenly aroused due to the caffeine and sugar that have been introduced to the body.
- 20 minutes – Insulin levels in the blood increase and the liver begins turning the sugar into fat.
- 40 minutes – The pupils dilate, blood pressure increases, the liver releases more insulin, and the receptors responsible for making us feel sleepy become blocked.
- 45 minutes – The hormone dopamine, which is responsible for stimulating the pleasure center of the brain, increases. The same thing happens to those who use heroin.
- 60 minutes – The level of calcium eliminated through the urine increases as the phosphoric acid in soft drinks binds with certain nutrients, causing them to be eliminated from the body. This process also causes the loss of magnesium and zinc.