I don’t drink pop too often. Maybe a 12 pack per year. Usually it is a Ginger Ale when I’m flying. I do buy pop for guests who request it, but I don’t buy any diet versions with artificial sweeteners. I believe it is so harmful over time; I just don’t want to feel I’m contributing to the health problems that develop for those who can’t stop drinking it.
Some believe that the Iraqi Desert Storm syndrome with American troops was caused by diet pop sitting out in the desert in 120 degree temperatures which seriously degraded the artificial sweetener into a toxic poison.
Usually, I overbuy the pop, and some sits on a shelf for 6 months or more. The other day, I noticed one was leaking. It was a regular 12 oz. Pepsi. Its aluminum can had a pinhole leak. Two years ago, a similar situation developed with Coke Zero. I called Coke and they were gracious enough to send me a coupon for a free six pack. I never used the coupon.
So, what is the real issue? It’s called phosphoric acid and it’s what gives the fizzy taste in popular brands of pop. If the pop ages and isn’t consumed right after purchasing, the phosphoric acid can chemically interact with the aluminum can, and over time it eats a hole in the wall of the aluminum can. In the process, aluminum is dissolved into the liquid soda.
Scientists know that you can develop aluminum toxicity, and the toxicity creates serious health problems for the individual. It has been found that aluminum can cause neurotoxicity, and is associated with altered function of the blood-brain barrier. Some scientists believe there is a strong connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease. Some research clearly demonstrates abnormally high accumulations of aluminum within the brains of Alzheimer’s victims.
The pop manufacturers have the cans coated to prevent the leeching of aluminum into the cans, but apparently it only works if you don’t store them for long periods of time.
Pop is not the only source of potential aluminum toxicity.
So, if in addition to drinking too much pop that is aged, you get upset stomachs and take antacids with aluminum hydroxide, or have serious body odor and use lots of aluminum under arm astringent to hold the badness in, you may be a candidate for aluminum toxicity poisoning.
I have written in the past about “The Cumulative Effect.” The FDA approves products for marketing to the consumer based on narrow testing. It doesn’t take into account the multiple sources of products which the consumer ultimately ingests with the same toxic substance over and over in multiple products.
Splenda (also known as sucralose) when added to such products as baby formula, ice cream, salad dressing etc. (over 5000 food products and counting) is just the latest way to be harmed and develop an unwanted illness. Equal (chemical name aspartame) is now also known as aminosweet. This is a ploy by the manufacturer to continue to sell this potentially toxic substance in products to the American public, since products labeled as aspartame are being rejected by more and more consumers.
It could very well be that the cumulative effect of toxins, such as aluminum poisoning, and artificial sweeteners over time will be found to be the true causes of Alzheimer’s, restless leg syndrome, some neurological problems and fibromyalgia.
It’s up to each of us, as concerned and informed Americans to be aware of the potential impact of toxins in our daily lives that can contribute to ill health.
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