“Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.” — John Wayne
There is nothing contained in the typical carbonated beverage that is “good for you”. Nothing. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, the stuff is pure poison and anathema to the human physiology. I don’t buy them, I don’t drink them. In my outlook, if these products don’t come equipped with a cancer warning label, the containers should at least offer up the advisory: “For occasional use only”.
But there’s the rub: I have consumed these products, and I’ve noticed that once I pop the top on one, it’s “off to the races”. As soon as I put this stuff in my body, it immediately cries out for more… and more. These sodas are more addictive than crack cocaine. So it’s no wonder these megacorporations that produce them are among the largest and most successful in the world.
But if you’re one of these who are pouring this stuff into your body every day and night of your life, you’ve got a death wish in my opinion. You need to get off them, today. And you need to be drinking pure water, pure fruit and/or vegetable juices, milk, tea, a little coffee is good, and I’ve been seeing over and over again that one glass of red wine a day is also beneficial — one.
The healthiest habit you could ever adopt is drinking lots of pure water throughout each 24-hour period. But not tap water emanating from municipal drinking water supplies. That contains a lethal cocktail of toxic chemicals such as sodium flouride, which is only slightly less poisonous than arsenic, in a formula developed by Nazi mind control scientists for use in mass population control during the rise of the Third Reich. This is documented fact. Its intended effects are to make you docile and more easily controllable by the “authorities”, and has been linked as well to everything from bone deformation and ADHD, to Alzheimer’s and sterility. See my tap water article for a comprehensive expose’ on this subject.
You know guys, there are simple, basic reasons why we have transformed into a nation of couch potatoes who are now dropping like flies in a sandstorm in our 30s, 40s and 50s from heart attacks, strokes, and every insidious variety of cancer known to man. And most of this we have a large amount of control over. If there’s anything I’ve learned in life, it’s that what goes into and comes out of our mouths carries the most potential for damage and destruction — both to ourselves and others. Or maybe that’s just me…
Now on to the relevant news…
Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a cancer warning label.
The companies said the changes will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They’ve already been made for drinks sold in California.
A representative for Coca-Cola, Diana Garza Ciarlante, said the company directed its caramel suppliers to modify their manufacturing processes to reduce the levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, which can be formed during the cooking process and as a result may be found in trace amounts in many foods.
“While we believe that there is no public health risk that justifies any such change, we did ask our caramel suppliers to take this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning,” Garza-Giarlante said in an email.
The American Beverage Association, which represents the broader beverage industry, said its member companies will still use caramel coloring in certain products but that adjustments were made to meet California’s new standard.
“Consumers will notice no difference in our products and have no reason at all for any health concerns,” the association said in a statement.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer advocacy group, disagrees. In February the organization filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of ammonia-sulfite caramel coloring.
A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said the petition is being reviewed. But he noted that a consumer would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered that have shown links to cancer in rodents.
The American Beverage Association also noted that California added the coloring to its list of carcinogens with no studies showing that it causes cancer in humans. The listing was based on a single study in lab mice and rats.
Citing studies that link several types of cancer to 4-methylimidazole, the head of the CSPI stated that jeopardizing people’s health simply to give colas their familiar brown hue is just not acceptable.
“There are 310 million Americans and we’re saying that about 15-thousand of us will develop cancer as a result of the caramel coloring,” said Michael Jacobson. CSPI’s executive director.
In response, the American Beverage Association issued a statement questioning the science of the studies cited by the CSPI. The statement reads, in part, “This is nothing more than CSPI scare tactics, and their claims are outrageous. CSPI fraudulently claims to be operating in the interest of the public’s health when it is clear its only motivation is to scare the American people.”
Let’s see now, who should we believe: the State of California and an organization which only exists to help protect the interests of consumers, or the corporations whose very survival hinges on profits derived from the sale of these products and the trade association they pay to further their own interests?
Man, that’s a tough one…
Special thanks to MSN, located at: http://www.msn.com
USA Today, located at: http://www.usatoday.com