I am Diet Coke Drinker And My Habit Will Kill Me

February 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

I drinks lots and lots of soda. I like the taste of soda. Especially diet soda. I probably drink to two to four diet sodas a day. While my waist might be not growing, it could result in other problems. Like cancer. And I guess my habit might have to end as reported by Grist

“Modern-day commercial colas (both diet and regular) get their characteristic dark hue from something manufacturers call “caramel color.” On Wednesday, the Center for Science in the Public Interest formally petitioned the FDA to ban the chemicals that fall under that ambiguous label, on the grounds that they’ve been shown to be carcinogenic.

Wait, the FDA is allowing a cancer-causing substance to be used widely by the food industry and consumed by millions of people daily, without warning?

Evidently so. Indeed, to illustrate the difficulty our regulatory institutions face in trying to protect the public health against intense industry pressure to do nothing, I can think of no finer example than a simple can of diet cola.

As I pointed out in two recent posts, the sweetener in most commercial diet sodas is aspartame, a substance that won FDA approval under dodgy circumstances and continues to be dogged by studies that find it carcinogenic.

Moreover, the container soda typically comes in is itself deeply problematic. Nearly all cans used by the U.S. beverage industry contain bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA. Here’s how Scientific American describes it: “In recent years dozens of scientists around the globe have linked BPA to myriad health effects in rodents: mammary and prostate cancer, genital defects in males, early onset of puberty in females, obesity, and even behavior problems such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder”

I asked a friend while he did not drink Diet Soda and he told me that it was not healthy.  I thought he was lying.  Now, it might be time to replace the diet soda with water.



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