Pepsi, Coke and Cancer … what on earth does that have to do with my blog? Well, one of the purposes of my blog is to bring you information that you can use to help you lose weight, keep it off forever and live a healthy life.
This post falls into the category of ‘live a healthier life.’
If you’re following my philosophy of “If God didn’t make it don’t eat it,” I know you know, that that philosophy also extends to “If God didn’t make it don’t DRINK it” as well. And as far as I know, there is no natural spring out there pumping out liquid Coke and Pepsi.
Now, I’m not an alarmist by any measure, but this headline caught my attention:
“Coke, Pepsi to drop level of ‘cancer’ chemical”
WASHINGTON (AFP) – “Coca-Cola and Pepsi said Friday they have lowered levels of a chemical in caramel coloring to comply with a California law, but insisted the drinks pose no health risks and recipes will not change.
The move allows the companies to avoid having to label products with a cancer warning due to what the health-conscious west coast state has ruled are high levels of 4-methylimidazole, shown to cause cancer in lab rodents.”
Pepsi, Coke and Cancer AND 4-MEI
I find this disturbing. Especially as they’re only dropping the level of 4-MEI in California and will gradually do the same all over the world.
But what I do know is the reason Coke and cancer keep getting thrown around in the same sentence is that the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It has a pH level of 2.8.
The concentrate in Coke is so corrosive that the commercial trucks carrying it have to display the Hazardous Material sign used to indicate they’re carrying highly corrosive materials.
I wrote a post a while back about the dangers of drinking diet soda.
“Diet soda is not only addictive, but just one diet soda can kill the neurons in your brain within six to eight hours. These chemicals literally “excite” the nuerons to death, which is why they call them “excitotoxins.” Their regular consumption can cause brain damage and cancer, as aspartame increases your cancer risk.” ~ Dr Russell Blaylock in Suzanne Somers, “Breakthrough. Eight Steps to Wellness”
So this should give you enough reason to get rid of all soda from your diet. If you like drinking fizzy drinks, then move to Mineral Water. The jury is still out about the health benefits, but they certainly do not lead to poor health. So if you must drink bubbles, make them mineral bubbles!
Personally my favorite is St Pellegrino. It’s been bottled at the source in St Pellegrino Terme since 1395 and it is said that Leonardo da Vinci visited the town in 1509 to sample the town’s miraculous water and later wrote a paper on the subject. That’s good enough for me.
If you have not done so already, eliminate all soda from your diet. Do Coke and cancer belong in the same sentence? I don’t know … as I’ve always maintained, I’m not nutritionist, or a dietician and I don’t have any degrees in chemistry. All I have now is a Degree in Common Sense.