Let’s face it; what’s a lunch break without cola, right? Perhaps ironically, it could be one where were thinking about our health. Millions worldwide include cola in their daily diet, with it being most prevalent in western countries and in particuliar the U.S. The vast majority of these cola-consumers remain impervious to the health problems it creates for themselves.
Ever wondered why the trucks that transport the cola syrup have a sign reading “HAZARDOUS MATERIAL”, no it’s not a mistake, it’s a legal requirement that any vehicle containing highly corrosive material display a card like this and cola contains just that. Hidden amongst the convoluted list of cola’s nasty ingredients, is its active ingredient; phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid is in fact a highly corrosive material and is used as a universal degreaser. The substance also utilises its ability to leech the calcium from bones (especially in females) and discourages normal bone growth amongst children. Cola also contains a harmful chemical benzoate which can deteriorate certain receptors within the body, especially those able to intercept vitamin K, which is required to mineralize bone matter. Furthermore without the ability to process and store vitamin K and therefore potentially calcium, the body is not able to manufacture enough osseous tissue (substance that makes bone) and therfore is not able to maintain healthy bones for the prolonged time. Due to this, cola also heavily contributes to the development of osteoporosis. A more immediate implication of cola consumption being the increased vulnerability to bone fractures, particuarly amongst children and adolescents, whom hold a risk over three fold greater than amongst non-cola consumers.
The unforgiving implications of cola consumption don’t however stop here; cola also incurs a much greater risk of developing obesity (particuarly amonst children) as it disrupts the body’s metabolic functioning. This is mainly due to its high sugar and calorie content. But wait, “I can get past that risk with the new ‘diet’-cola, the T.V. features it to have far less calories than regular cola”. This is one of the biggest theories out there, as we think we’re doing ourselves a favour, we think we can enjoy the benefits of cola without the risks. But softdrinks low in calories are high in sodium (salts) and in turn, the high salt intake escelates into a far higher risk of osteoporosis.
If this is not enough to throw you off, the caffeine content of cola also induces further calcium loss (this time via the kidneys) and this caffeine content also comes with the potential to cause mild insomnia, cellular disruption (i.e. headaches), ulcers, a variety of cancers and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease diagnosis.
So it can be seen even through shallow analysis that cola consumption adversely effects bodily functioning, including, bone development, cellular and neurological functioning, metabolic functioning and many more and also has the potential to increase risks of diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer. So what are you having with your lunch tomorrow?