Everyone knows that Cola is not the healthiest drink, but information about the detailed composition of this drink can surprise you a bit …
According to research conducted by the French National Institute for Consumer Affairs, more than half of the famous cola drinks contain a small portion of alcohol. However, to get a little closer to the state of a drunk, you need to drink about 13,000 coca-cats! Researchers testing 19 different brands found that the alcohol level is 10 mg per liter.
However, the results aroused much controversy and divided the Muslim community into supporters and opponents of Coca-Cola, who completely abandoned the consumption of this drink because of the content of the banned religious ingredient.
9. Citric acid
Manufacturers often use citric acid as a preservative and as a taste enhancer. However, contrary to what you expect, 99% of the citric acid added to drinks and food products comes not from citrus fruits. The allocation of citric acid from lemon, orange and grapefruit is too expensive for corporations, so an artificial substitute is added to drinks.
However, any fear that citric acid in Kolya may have bad consequences for your health is wrong. Studies in the British Dental Journal have shown a strong connection between carbonated drinks and caries.
Consumption of at least four glasses of carbonated beverages per day increased the risk of dental problems in 12-year-olds by 252% and up to 513% in 14-year-olds. However, this is not related to citric acid, which is a very weak acid – the charge of tooth damage is not true.
8. Phosphoric acid
Also known as orthophosphoric acid – it serves as an acidifying agent by adding acid to the cola. This in combination with a huge amount of corn syrup fructose masks and balances the acidity of carbonated beverages.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition testifies to the relationship between cola consumption and lower bone density. In some studies, it is claimed that phosphoric acid causes a decrease in the level of calcium.
Moreover, a team of scientists from the National Institutes of Health of the United States has shown that drinking two colas a day doubles the risk of kidney stones.
The American Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy found that 9 of the 20 commercial samples of corn syrup fructose were contaminated with mercury. The Institute also showed that 55 “safe for children” food and non-alcoholic beverages contain so-called total mercury, which is a combination of inorganic mercury, organic mercury and metallic mercury.
As you can see, there are many products with a higher mercury level than in coke:
6. Sodium benzoate
Manufacturers often use sodium benzoate as a preservative. It can be found in carbonated drinks, marinades, soy sauce, sauces, jams and fruit juices, cosmetics, medicines and so on.
The International Chemical Safety Program and other food market regulators have not detected side effects in people at doses ranging from 650 to 830 mg. daily consumption. Effects of consumption of large quantities are unknown, but they are almost certainly bad, judging by the increase in obesity rates around the world.
Sodium benzoate does not occur naturally in food and beverages. Producers try to mislead consumers, calling a preservative, for example, antimicrobial nutrients.
Benzene is a natural component of oil, gasoline and tobacco smoke and is classified as a carcinogen for humans. Does it look like you would like a drink? Probably not.
Despite this, the American FDA in 2005 found that 10 out of 200 non-alcoholic drinks contain benzene. However, most carbonated drinks contain benzene in the maximum permissible amounts.
According to studies conducted by the Environmental Working Group, Coca-Cola contains about 138 ppb of benzene. It is generally believed that a completely safe concentration of benzene is zero.
This is a byproduct that is formed as a result of caramel coloring, and can also be made during cooking, baking, grilling and other processing of certain foods and beverages.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has identified 2-and 4-methylimidazole as a carcinogenic and undesirable by-product, although restrictions are not established on the amount of caramel used for staining in food and beverages.
130 g of this substance in 300 ml of cola is four times more than NIEHS recommends to consumers. This worries how easily companies use caramel for colored drinks.
Aspartan is a low-calorie sweetener, 200 times sweeter than sugar. It is added to many products, such as drinks, yoghurts, cereals, chewing gum, culinary sauces, desserts, sweets to replace large amounts of sugar.
Diet Coke contains about 180 milligrams of aspartate in a 250 liter liter drink. The bitter truth is that foods that need to control sugar destroy the body’s ability to burn calories. Sweeteners, such as synthetic aspartate, create a mess in our brain chemistry and stimulate appetite. Result: we eat more.
In addition, the Ramazzini Foundation published the results of a three-year study confirming the relationship between aspartate and leukemia. The researchers found that even at a low dose (20 mg aspartan per kilogram of body weight), the substance increases the development of lymphoma, leukemia and urological cancers in rats. Thus, a dose of 50 milligrams per kilogram is the current acceptable dose of daily intake of aspartate.
2. Bisphenol A
BPA is described as a chemical that affects sex, because it mimics estrogen, the natural hormone of women. Bisphenol A is also used for polycarbonate plastics and cans. Yes, there is something in Coca-Cola.
Canada was the first country to define BPA as a toxic substance, unanimously deciding to halt, as of January 2015, the production, import and export of food and beverages containing synthetic hormone.
The World Health Organization found that it has “very convincing evidence” of endocrine disorders in animals. This dangerous interaction can cause brain damage, autism, decreased intelligence and deficiency of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
In addition, numerous studies are associated with the effects of BPA on obesity, neurological problems, breast cancer, prostate cancer and congenital malformations.
1. Fructose Syrup
Corn fructose syrup was introduced to the US market in 1967, since then its use has only grown. This is the main ingredient of Coca Cola with almost thirty sugar cubes per liter of Cola.
A research group from Princeton University showed that prolonged intake of syrup affects weight gain, an abnormal increase in body fat. These are risk factors for the development of diabetes, cancer, hypertension and ischemic heart disease.
Venezuela, for the health of its residents, banned the consumption of Coca-Cola, recognizing that this drink is too harmful for health. Perhaps it’s time for other countries to follow this example.