Sodas are perhaps the worst food you can ingest (if we can call it food). But there are well known hazards associated with drinking soda. But even though information is wildly available, still nearly half of Americans, 48%, report drinking at least one glass of soda per day. This is a huge public health disaster.
Soda drinking can cause damage in our brains, kidneys, digestive system, bones, heart, lungs and teeth. It has a strong and known link to obesity and diabetes. All this problems are created by a long list of harmful chemicals used in its manufacturing. One of the worst is 4-methylimidazole or caramel coloring; Bisphenol A or BPA a chemical used to line soda cans for the sake of preservation. But perhaps the worst chemical is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Rapidly absorbed carbohydrates like high fructose corn syrup puts more strain on insulin-producing cells than any other form of sugar. When sugar enters the bloodstream as quickly as HFCS, the pancreas has to secrete large amounts of insulin for the body to process the glucose upsurge. Insulin resistance tends to develop when there are excessive amounts of sugar in the blood at any given time. Insulin also becomes less effective at processing glucose because HFCS injects so much glucose in such short amount of time it impairs proper absorption; both conditions contribute to the risk of developing diabetes. The problem with HFCS is that it is a step above and beyond refined white sugar.
The chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup separates glucose and fructose which are naturally bound together. This allows the fructose to flow directly to the liver, which turns on a metabolic path for the production of fats called lipogenesis. This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. Obesity pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes follow suit. In recent history, we’ve gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year! That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America! The average 20-ounce soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar all of it is high fructose corn syrup. When you eat sugar in these amounts, it becomes a toxin. High fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes. HFCS in itself also contains dangerous chemicals and contaminants of its own.
Beside the huge load of pure fructose and sugar found in HCFS, there are also other chemical toxins which are no less dangerous and when used in excessive amounts become a toxin. Chemical contaminants used during manufacturing end up in the HFCS and in our food. Chloralkali is used in the manufacturing of high fructose corn syrup and contains mercury. And there are trace amounts of mercury found in high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages. This may not be a problem if we eat this occasionally, but the average person in the country consumes more than 20 teaspoons a day of high fructose corn syrup and the average teenager has 34 teaspoons a day. Over time, these heavy metals can accumulate in the body, causing health problems. But wait there’s more; they also found other chemicals in HFCS we know nothing about when looked in the spectrograph they might have long term effects and we are just waiting to discover; sweet.
So if you want to drink something sweet please drink something with real sugar but leave it out if it says high fructose corn syrup in the label. In America today and the world, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup in the U.S. because it is everywhere and we can’t escape. Not only soda contains HFCS but it is also found in many processed foods because it is cheaper and it packs a sweet punch that make your taste buds get in orbit. Purging HFCS from your diet might be the single best thing you can do for your health!