Are You Drinking Pesticide that Tastes Like Soda?
Someone recently asked me in an email about diet soda and why it can make you gain weight. I thought I would share my response to him with everyone in case you are interested:
The nation’s biggest selling food is now soda. Coca-Cola sells over 1 billion bottles and cans every day. The number two ingredient in Coke is the artificial flavor (fake food) high fructose syrup, which is six times sweeter than sugar and is processed more like fat in the body (more about high fructose syrup in another post). Soft drinks (including diet soda) are the number one cause of obesity in America.
The diet sodas are also artificially flavored and has a problem all its own. It fools your body into thinking it is actually getting sugar when it is not. This can make your body crave sugar even more. The fake sweeteners in diet sodas are so sweet—160 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar–making it hard to taste naturally sweetened foods. Fake sweeteners dumb down your taste bud’s ability to tell you when something is too sweet and much too fattening for you to be eating. Take away this “way too sweet” sensor and we eat just about anything, and we do not know when to stop.
The FDA has approved these fake artificial sweeteners as safe for consumption. (Make no doubt about it, the lobbyist groups for soda companies pay millions to politicians—just saying.) These fake sweeteners were created in a lab and do not naturally break down in the body and they have no long-term history to how it affects humans.
“People think the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what people think it is doing are as different as night and day.” Herbert Lay, former FDA commissioner
Studies also show that artificial sweeteners trigger feelings and desires to want revenge. They have an affect on the brain which is not yet fully understood, but it is not positive. Many scientists believe fake sugars damage the brain and are impacting our children, causing various forms of brain damage at a very young age since many children drink soda with their Happy Meal.
Other ingredients found in soda are four extremely toxic pesticides and insecticides—lindane, DDT, malathion and chlorpyifos—at levels 30-36 times the acceptable amounts. (Should any levels be acceptable?) This information was discovered when Indian farmers were using Coca-Cola and Pepsi to kill bugs on their crops. Instead of paying hefty fees to international chemical companies for patented pesticides, they simply sprayed their fields with Coca-Cola and Pepsi to kill bugs.
If you do drink soda, it is important not to beat yourself up. I have a sweet tooth and my diet is not always perfect. This information is not meant to judge or criticize. My goal is to inform people about nutrition so that you can make choices based on knowledge. I struggled for years with pretty severe pain and had I known back then what I know now, I could have saved myself from years of agony. This blog is to help share with others what I have learned. When you know better, you do better…