IS POP POISON? HERE ARE SOME SOFT DRINK FACTS THAT MAY BE HARD TO SWALLOW If you are like the average American, you will drink more than 40 gallons of soda pop this year, unaware of the negative effects that many ingredients may wreak upon all areas of your body. We've mentioned on more than one occasion that soft drinks (carbonated beverages) are one of the worst enemies of women. It's one of the main contribution factors to osteoporosis. It only takes one good gulp to prevent the body from absorbing calcium for the next 24 hours! In addition to the problems for women, soft drinks are terrible for children too. Sugar-free is worse than sugar drinks since they can contribute to literally hundreds of symptoms including headaches but don't get too cozy about sugar either! Twelve ounces of the most popular colas contain about 10 teaspoons of sugar. That's a rate of nearly one teaspoon of sugar per ounce! Non-cola carbonated drinks contain from 8 to 12 teaspoons of sugar, so they're no better. At canning time 50 PPM [parts per million] is all the aluminum that can be detected in canned pop. The problem is, aluminum gives up its molecules at an alarming rate. After a few months in storage a testing laboratory is likely to find in excess of 6,000 PPM in canned products such as soda pop or thirst quencher, and people consuming that much of an aluminum fix are likely to suffer degenerative metabolic disease accordingly. What makes colas worse is the amount of phosphoric acid in them, which can cause a whole lot of health problems now and in the future. A study of children who drank 11/2 liters of cola per week (man, MY kids drank that in a DAY) showed that cramps and seizures were associated with drinking this beverage. So were low calcium levels. And children need plenty of calcium to get into their bones (not phosphoric acid, which can contribute to kidney stones) to prevent osteoporosis later on. While they're still young, low calcium can cause your child to have muscle spasms, lowered intelligence, poor intestinal absorption of nutrients from their diet, and heart problems. And, I don't think I need to go into the ill effects of caffeine. Most parents wouldn't think of letting their child drink coffee but don't hesitate to let their children drink cola with caffeine! Duh! (Edited from July 1996 “Women’s Health Letter” Other's thoughts on this health subject?