You may laugh because you think there is no such thing as an addiction to soda pop. Yet, in this fast paced world there are alcoholics, chocoholics, coffeeoholics and sodaholics. Some people cannot live without soft drinks.Soft drinks have taken the place of water for so many children. Students are notorious for consuming large quantities of sodas.

Those people really addicted to soft drinks suffer withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking it. Some may experience depression, nervousness and decrease in alertness. Some people return to their normal consumption of soda after a couple days of headaches because they just can’t take the withdrawal symptoms.

All sweetened beverages, and cola drinks more than the others, substantially decay teeth, cause dental plaque and eat away at tooth enamel. There are many different types and amounts of sugars in all soda. Another tooth destroyer is phosphoric acid. Another harmful ingredient in soft drinks is the caffeine. It is not to exceed .02% by weight. In one small bottle of Coke, there are about 4.0 milligrams of caffeine. Three small bottles would equal the caffeine in one cup of coffee.

There are over 679 artificial flavorings permitted in soft drinks. These flavorings are chemicals used to create a certain taste-all of them are a fake! They may be added in a carrier consisting of ethyl alcohol, glycerin or propylene glycol. And if that isn’t enough chemicals, there are natural and artificial color additives and dyes. These are used to get cherry soda, red and grape soda, purple, etc. Then there are the acidifying agents. These might be acetic acid, adipic acid, citrus acid, fumeric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, phosphoric acid or tartaric acid.

And what about the buffering agents? These might be acetate bicarbonate, chloride citrate, lactate orthophosphate or sulfate salts of calcium, magnesium, potassium or sodium. Now we have emulsifying, stabilizing or viscosity producing agents. These may be brominated vegetable oil, caroc bean gum, glycerol ester of wood resin, guar gum, gum acacia, gum tragacanth, hydroxylated lecithin, lecithin, methylcellulose, mono-and diglycerides of fat forming fatty acids, pectin, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, propylene glycol aiginate, sodium alginate, sodium alginate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose and sodium metaphosophate. Then there are the foaming agents. These may be ammoniated glycyrrhizin, gum ghatti, licorice or glycrrhiza, yucca or quillaia.

We cannot forget the preservatives. They’re ascorbic acid, benzoic acid, BHA, BHT, calcium disodium, EDTA, erythorbic acid, glucose-oxidase-catalase enzyme, methylparaben or propylparaben, proply gallate, potassium or sodium benzoate, potassium or sodium bisulfite, potassium or sodium metabisulfite, potassium or sodium sorbate, sorbic acid, sulfur dioxide or tocopherols. Lastly we have the defoaming agent which is dimethyulpolysilixane in an amount not to exceed 14 parts per million.

All of the above ingredients were listed in the National Register published by the FDA on August 11, 1970. Now perhaps you can see why soft drinks are so deadly. Every time your child starts to drink a soda pop, you are allowing him to poison his or her body.



Rhonda Donahue PhD. Author of “The Pollution Inside You!” & “New Zealand’s Natural Health Remedy” Direct Line (714)863-5959