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Soft Drinks Reportedly Linked to Health Problems

Thursday, 08 December 2005 12:00 AM

The U.S. ranks No. 1 in the world in the consumption of soft drinks, with the average American drinking 150 quarts a year – but experts say these beverages can pose serious health risks.

One recent study found that women who drink one or more sugar-sweetened soft drink a day are twice as likely to develop diabetes as women who drink fewer than one per month.

Even when such factors as weight, diet and lifestyle are considered, women drinking sugary soda are still 1.3 times as likely to develop the disease.

The Organic Consumers Association, in an article titled "The Health Hazards of Drinking Coca-Cola and Other Soft Drinks," extensively quoted experts who have warned of the dangers of these beverages:

"Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium.

"This situation ... ultimately leads to poor bone mineralization, which explains the greater risk of broken bones in children who consume soft drinks."

"Soft drinks have replaced milk in the diets of many American children as well as adults. School purchases reflect such trends. From 1985 to 1997, school districts decreased the amounts of milk they bought by nearly 30 percent and increased their purchases of carbonated sodas ... "Sugar and acid in soft drinks so easily dissolve tooth enamel."

He said: "Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is used extensively in soft drink containers. PET bottles can release small amounts of dimethyl terephthalate into foods and beverages. Although the National Cancer Institute claims that dimethyl terephthalate is noncarcinogenic, these results have been questioned. Some experts believe this compound to be carcinogenic."

"Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the American diet comes from soft drinks! That's more than just an unhealthy consumption of empty calories. It is a dangerous overload of caffeine and potentially hazardous, nutrient-depleting additives ...

"Cola drinks can interact adversely with antacids, possibly causing constipation, calcium loss, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and kidney damage."

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