Exposure to benzene in large amounts is related to an increased risk of cancer and this is caused when benzoate and ascorbic preservatives in cold drinks are exposed to excessive heat or direct sunlight. However, since its amount in a bottle is insignificant, this issue has been dropped from the margins of how cold drinks can lead to cancer. The new probe is on caramel coloring found in Coke and Pepsi. Hue and cry began when mice and rats tested were found to be cancerous.
Coloring used in these products is through reaction of sugars and ammonia and thus, is not pure caramel obtained by heating sugar. On the other hand, studies have found that the main risk lies in amount of consumption as well. Companies have countered the argument by stating that the rats and mice were heavily dosed implying that people who consume these products excessively may be more susceptible.
Non diet soda has been found to be more risky as it increases the insulin levels of blood as well. Risk of obesity too crops up. In fact, drinks may cause a risk of cancer and when the individual also indulges in smoking and other such activities, scale of risk increases. Capacity of lungs to intake and absorb oxygen too is lessened and cholesterol around arteries of the heart can build up due to obesity. California health officials have even gone as far as to state that Coca-Cola and Pepsi should sport cancer warning labels on their soft drink products.
High blood sugar levels and resultant fluctuating insulin levels can cause cells to divide abnormally leading to pancreatic cancer risks in individuals. In fact, those who have more than two soft drinks a week can be at double risk. Sedentary lifestyle of today, coupled with late nights, booze, smoking and soda consumption have negative impacts on health. Though cold drinks may not be the sole cause, they can be one among a host of factors leading to cancer.
Researchers have recorded an 87 percent chance to develop tumor of pancreas in those people who consume two sodas and more while juices seem to be safe. Fruit juice has natural anti-oxidants as well as less sugar than colas and also less glucose. The problem also depends on a person’s hereditary. Those susceptible to type 2 diabetes are at higher risk as it is a disorder mainly caused by below normal activity of insulin and blood sugars. Sudden fall and rise of blood sugar due to cold drinks can add to the possibility of developing this condition in the future.
There have been findings of positive relationships between high-fructose which is the main sweetener in such drinks and cancer risks by Center of Cancer Research. The average number of drinks consumed was five drinks per week for risk prone individuals. Thus, moderation is the key if one wishes to enjoy soda consumption. Exercise and a good diet too can help. After all, everything in excess has its negative points, even vitamins and minerals aren’t exempt; so where is soda on this scale?
Alicia is an freelance writer and she loves to write for hypnosis and health & fitness blogs