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A common preservative found in many soft drinks can cause serious cell damage and fatal illness, according to a UK study revealed November 2007.   Research indicates that sodium benzoate, an ingredient in many soft drinks and sauces, has the ability to deactivate parts of DNA and eventually cause diseases such as Parkinson's and cirrhosis of the liver.   Sodium benzoate is indicated in Australia as "Preservative (211)" on ingredients lists, and is included in Sunkist, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pepsi Max and many other drinks and condiments.

Mr Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology who has been studying sodium benzoate for eight years at Sheffield University, found that the preservative seriously damages living cells.   "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," Prof Piper told The Independent on Sunday.  The findings came from laboratory tests conducted with sodium benzoate on living yeast cells. Prof Piper was alarmed by the chemical's destructive impact on the "power station" of the cells known as the mitochondria.

"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," Prof Piper continued.   "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."

Sodium benzoate occurs in small amounts naturally in berries, but is used in large quantities to prevent mould in soft drinks.  The additive has been the subject of controversy for some time. Last year it was revealed that a chemical reaction between sodium benzoate and vitamin C creates benzene, a carcinogenic chemical.

"The food industry will say these compounds have been tested and they are complete safe," Prof Piper said. "By the criteria of modern safety testing, the safety tests were inadequate. Like all things, safety testing moves forward and you can conduct a much more rigorous safety test than you could 50 years ago."   He advised parents to think twice about letting their children drink products containing the chemical.  "My concern is for children who are drinking large amounts," he says.

Question: What are the effects of Coca-Cola on the human body and what would constitute moderate consumption?

Answer:  Cola-based soft drinks give you a quick pick-me-up feeling. They are an “upper” but become a “downer” when the effect wares off.  They give an unnatural quick boost to your blood sugar level.  The caffeine can stimulate you and the overdose of fizz (carbonated sodium) is damaging to the oxygen changeover process in your red blood cells.  

Cola-based drinks, and in fact ALL soft drinks (“gas carbonated”) are not an essential food and many people may not realise that by drinking these they are missing out on nutrients they maybe otherwise be eating or drinking from different sources for example, fruit juices and even simple fresh water.

Cola-based drinks contain 645 kJ per can, and 35 mg of caffeine, and drinking three cans every day of your life and you would gain 0.5 kg a fortnight - unless you increase your  exercise.  Furthermore, the high acid and phosphorus content is bad for your dental health.

THE ADVICE IS:  DO NOT DRINK SOFT DRINKS... All brands, all kinds.


There are several versions of emails circulating on the Internet about Coca-Cola.  Some criticize it from a nutritional and health standpoint.  Others, such as the one below, depict it as a kind of cleaning fluid that people drink as a beverage.  Some versions also contrast that with the suggested health benefits of water

THE TRUTH:   Critics of Coke (and other soft drinks: Fanta, 7-UP, lemonade, etc.) say that if the beverages will do corrosive things, why drink them?  There is a list of allegations.  Test these assertions yourself.  For information on the water portion of any emails that compare Coke versus water. 

Defenders, including the Coke, say there are many foods that have substances like acids in them such as fruit juices and buttermilk, and that the body seems to handle them just fine.  The difference however, is the operative substance is phosphoric acid, which, in pure form, can eat through metal.  Edible acids, however, should not be compared with them, according to the defenders.

Here is a list of better uses:   The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8.  It will dissolve a nail in less than 6 months, which is much faster than the corrosive action of rust.

A t-bone steak can be eaten away (dissolved) by Coke in around 5 days. 

To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. 

Coke will help loosen grease stains.

To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of coke over the terminals to bubble away corrosion.  This is true of a lot of carbonated beverages.

In many US states the highway patrol carry a gallon of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of aluminium foil dipped in Coke.

To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

To clean a toilet and remove stains from vitreous china.  Pour a can of Cola into the toilet bowl... Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean.

Hazardous materials signs are required on trucks carrying Coca Cola / Pepsi syrup concentrate (true of all soda in the concentrated form).  Yes, trucks carrying coke concentrate must display the “hazardous” placards (reserved for Highly Corrosive materials) for the load, and every driver is required to pass the Hazardous Material Test and have that on his Commercial Driver's License.

The distributors of coke have been using coke formula to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

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