Well, are you still drinking cola among other soft drinks or soda for reasons you are not too sure about other than you like the stuff?
If you are, then you might as well know that you are ruining your health by gaining weight, heading for type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and all the complications that go with them.
Oh, and you could also actually be placing your life at risk from the possibility of getting cancer down the road!
Wow! That is one heck of a sweeping pair of statements!
How Could Cola be Dangerous?
Well, believe it or not, this particular brand of cola flavoured soft drink can become very dangerous to your health if you drink enough of it. And plenty of people drink way too much without realizing it.
Do you have any idea what's in that stuff?
I'm going to tell you.
Cola (we won't name any brand names here) contains a cocktail of chemicals, preservatives, artificial colourants, acidity regulators, artificial flavours, caffeine, certain ingredients the company refuses to reveal... shall I go on?
Well the regular stuff contains a ton of sugar which is just a load of empty calories and will send your triglycerides level through the roof.
In the United States that sugar comes in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) which is already known as a leading culprit in weight gain. In Europe and other countries, the sugar is regular sucrose (50% fructose 50% glucose).
The diet stuff contains aspartame, an artificial sweetener which has a very strong potential to give you cancer. Manufacturers deny this (of course they do), but far too many eminent experts believe it does to sweep this one under the rug.
Either type will stimulate the appetite, causing you to gain weight. The diet stuff being a dieting aid is a blatant lie.
The active ingredient in cola is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8 and it is capable of dissolving a nail in about four days.
Phosphoric acid leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
Recently it has been reported that high levels of pesticides have been found in these delicious fizzy drinks. Oh great!
The original version of the best known brand of cola had as one of its ingredients parts of the coca plant, the raw material from which the highly addictive drug cocaine is produced and whence it derived it's name.
Note that the manufacturers guard the "secret recipe" very, very closely. I wonder what that secret ingredient is?
Kind of funny how that particular cola can be so addictive...
Here's a little trivia about cola:
- The distributors of one brand of cola have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years
- In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of cola in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident
- You can put a T-bone steak into a bowl of cola and it will be gone (dissolved) in two days
- To clean a toilet, pour a can of cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in cola removes stains from vitreous china
- To remove grease from clothes, empty a can of cola into a load of greasy clothes. Add detergent and run through a regular cycle. The cola will help loosen grease stains
- To clean corrosion from car battery terminals, pour a can of cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion
- To loosen a rusted bolt, apply a cloth soaked in cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes
- To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers, rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminium foil dipped in cola
- To carry cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials