Just quit drinking pop, mmm-kay?

Aspartame, saccharine, high fructose corn syrup, cleans the crud off a penny or a battery terminal… We’ve already been given so many reasons to quit drinking pop (or soda, or coke, depending on where you live), do we really need another one? Well, it couldn’t hurt, since we can’t seem to break ourselves of the habit yet. The new scare is sodium benzoate, which is linked to cancer when mixed with vitamin C, and is now being linked to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

“These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in
the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they
knock it out altogether.

“The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you
damage it – as happens in a number if diseased states – then the cell
starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of
diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA – Parkinson’s
and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole
process of ageing.”

So… drink up!

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  • Jay  On May 28, 2007 at 6:33 am

    CAUTION! Alarmist stories without actual data may cause apathy.

  • wolfger  On May 28, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Yeah. That and everything under the sun being harmful tends to breed a bit of apathy, too.
    Oh, and the medical profession flip-flopping on their beliefs every few years or so might be a factor.
    Not to mention the lack of any real alternatives… (what, they expect us to drink water? That stuff will kill ya!)

  • Danny  On June 23, 2007 at 11:51 am

    I don’t really need a lot more data to be convinced that consuming a ton of artificial additives is bad for me. I’m not advocating an alarmist response, or even promising I’ll become a soda-teetotaler, but my goodness, how about some moderation people? Anything consumed to excess can be bad for you. My great-grandfather claimed that drinking more water was the cure for damn-near everything. He lived to his ripe old 90s. If drinking more water means less high-fructose corn syrup, caffeine, or alcohol, then gee, maybe it will work!

    For alternatives try actual fruit juice. (Juice cocktails have nearly as much junk in them as soda. Check the labels) Then, brace yourself for this one, have a glass of milk. Then make yourself some mint tea. You can even put some sugar in it, which is better than all those additives. One of my recent favs in Licorice root tea. It’s sweet without needing any sugar added. Haven’t tried it cold yet.

    (Oh, and Mike, it’s only Pennsic water that’ll kill ya, hence the beer consumption there. Your tap water should be just fine.)

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