Hello, I am a humble, effervescent liquid. Humble? Well, that is debatable. Actually, I am quite proud of myself. Allow me to brag a little.
I fizz, I sparkle, and bubble my way into thousands of people all over the world, everyday. I have much power. I cause masses of humanity to make beelines for snack dispensers in plush, high rise buildings. I stir men, women, and teenagers to dash into their nearest 24 hour convenience store.
To give me an appetizing brown tint, I contain carmel coloring, which has genetic effects, and is a cancer causing suspect. I sometimes have polyethylene glycol as one of my ingredients. Glycol is used as anti-freeze in automobiles, and as an oil solvent.
The bubbles and fizz with which I potently burn human insides is caused by my phosphoric acid. The phosphorus in the acid upsets the body's calcium-phosphorus ratio and dissolves calcium out of the bones. This can eventually result in OSTEOPOROSIS, a weakening of the skeletal structure, which can make one susceptible to broken bones. The phosphorus fights with hydrochloric acid in human stomachs and renders it ineffective. This promotes indigestion, bloating, and gassiness in many individuals.
I offer a selection of three types of sweeteners, according to the customers preference. The sweeteners are: saccharin or Aspartame in the diet type, and sugar or corn syrup in many regular drinks. These substances enhance my appeal and come disguised as 'good' for everyone. However, tastes can be deceiving! Let me explain....
SACCHARIN is an artificial sweetener which has raised some concern about cancer in laboratory animals. There are warning labels on containers in which saccharin is an ingredient. ASPARTAME, the more common 'diet' sweetener, has been linked to convulsions, depression, insomnia, irritability, weakness, dizziness, headaches, and mood changes and mental retardation. SUGAR and CORN SYRUP can induce both HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar), and HYPERGLYCEMIA (high blood sugar), in susceptible individuals. Hypoglycemia has been linked to mental illness and hyperglycemia to diabetes. Sugar gives you a lift or burst of energy, then sends you crashing down to severe fatigue. To get another charge, more sugary drinks are consumed. This pattern exhausts the adrenal glands and leaves a person with a chronic tired feeling.
Gorgeous, that's what I am! I come dressed in a shiny metal can in various colors and tints. Sometimes I am silver, gold, or blue, red, etc. I beckon and dazzle shoppers as they stroll past me in the store. On a hot day, I am especially attractive, and hands reach for cases of me to share with friends at picnics and parties. However, I am tricky. My thirst quenching liquid, which is alluringly encased in a aluminum can, contains traces of the same metal. The acid in the 'soft' drinks, eats away the aluminum, which floats around until it is ingested by the consumer. Aluminum is a very toxic substance and builds up in the human body. It is a particular affinity to the brain and has been linked to the degenerative senility affliction, ALZHEIMER'S disease.
Many times humans think they can LOSE WEIGHT by drinking me in the 'diet' form. NOT SO! My high sodium content helps them retain water in their bodies, and they become edemic. The kidneys and bladder do not function properly after a long habit of 'soft' drink intake. The sugar in me destroys the beneficial flora in the colon and constipation results. This locks the toxins in the body so they cannot be eliminated properly. The blood is not pure, as a result, and the cells are affected. In order to lose weight, fat must be flushed from the cells. The enzymes responsible for aiding the process of fat release are paralyzed when they are poisoned, and so cannot do their job. People DEFEAT THEIR PURPOSE when they try to lose weight by drinking me.
In conclusion, I would like to admit there is not a smidgen of humility in me. I am very egotistical. I am master over much of the decision making ability of the human race. Ha! You don't believe me? Look on school campuses, in parks, ball games, business offices, and street corners...anywhere there are people....see you around!
I know too many people who have been hooked on this garbage. Too many others who have developed kidney stones, and yet others, who seem to rely on it as though it's somehow providing them with some kind of nutritional benefits. Do not rob yourself. Do not kid yourself. The sooner this liquid, sugar water, is eliminated from your system, the better. Do not be deceived.
See also: http://www.tightbodybootcamp.blogspot.com/2014/09/soda-should-people-be-consuming-this.html