Did you know that 56 percent of children in the U.S. drink at least one can of soda daily? Or that 60 percent of our schools sell soft drinks? Or, that soft drink annual sales amount to over $60 billion dollars? Or, the number of cans of soda males drink, in the 12- to 19-year age group, is 868 cans a year?
If this isn’t scary enough, would you believe that there are as many as five different toxins in soft drinks. These toxins have been found in soft drinks in California, India, Mexico, and Vietnam, among other countries worldwide.
Wikipedia defies “a soft drink is a drink that typically contains carbonated water, a sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. The sweetener may be sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, sugar substitutes, or some combination of these. Soft drinks may also contain caffeine, colorings, preservatives, and other ingredients.”
According to a report published in the Indian Express, a government study has discovered five different types of toxins in soft drinks being produced by multinational companies like Coco-Cola and PepsiCo.
In 2013, more than a half-million U.S. children were lead poisoned. Lead is widely considered as the single most significant environmental health threat to children. The World Health Organization (WHO) listed the top two ‘major public health threat’ chemicals as lead and cadmium. The WHO said, “Children who survive severe lead [and cadmium] poisoning may be left with mental retardation and behavioral disorder. Therefore, it’s important to avoid intake of even small amounts of these metals that will worsen the already existing body burdens.”
In Vietnam, the health ministry has blocked the sale of five containers of green tea and energy drinks manufactured by a local unit of a leading Philippines food and beverage firm, claiming that the products contained excessive amounts of lead.
In Los Angeles, city attorney, Rocky J. Degadillo announced that soft drink manufacturer Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up, Inc. has agreed to eliminate leaded labels from its bottled Squirt and Crush beverages imported from Mexico. Degadillo said, “Lead is dangerous, and sadly, it is pervasive in our poor and minority communities. This important agreement means that we have put an end to another source of lead in our neighborhoods, and won another battle in our larger war on lead.” He added, “Let this be a warning to those companies who continue to sell products containing lead — we will be vigilant in protecting the health of our residents.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that no level of lead consumption — no matter how small —is deemed safe.
Back in 2002, Dr. Judith Valentine, Ph.D. described the problem with soft drinks in her article Soft Drinks: America’s Other Drinking Problem. She said “Huge increases in soft drink consumption have not happened by chance — they are due to intense marketing efforts by soft drink corporations.”
It’s your decision to drink and allow your children to drink soft drinks. As you already know, allowing unrestricted access to soft drinks for you and your children is not without health consequences.
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