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Three common ingredients to watch out for in fizzy drinks

by , 05 July 2013

If you're one of those people who like a diet cold drink on the side to go along with your meals, you may want to reconsider. A recent study has found that people who drink diet cold drinks regularly could find a heart attack or stroke at the bottom of their next bottle or can, warns FSP Health. But it doesn't end there, there are common ingredients found in fizzy drinks that you should watch out for as they're responsible for other health complications.

You probably know that Aspartame, the sweetener used in most diet drinks has been linked to headaches, insomnia, mood problems, stomach disorders, nerve damage, chest pain, asthma, seizures and tremors.

But do you know what the other three common ingredients found in fizzy drinks do on your health?

Here’s why you should avoid drinks with these ingredients

#1: Phosphates: “Too much phosphoric acid can suck the calcium right out of your bones like juice through a straw. And that means fizzy cold drink drinkers face a higher risk of osteoporosis in their later years,” warns Health Bytes.

Phosphates can also rot teeth, increase the risk of kidney stones and even remove paint and rust from metal

#2: Sodium benzoate: Added to fizzy and other soft drinks (even bottled teas) as a preservative, this stuff has been shown to cause cell damage and that could speed the ageing process. It’s also been linked to conditions such as cancer, cirrhosis and Parkinson's disease.

#3: Bisphenol A (BPA): Just about every can sold today contains this hormone-like chemical, which has been linked to sexual problems, diabetes and heart disease.

Mix it all together and you have a perfect blend of risk: Diet and regular fizzy drinks alike have been linked to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, rotten teeth and overall poor health.

Remember, “nobody needs any size serving of soda. There’s simply no place in any diet for a beverage that offers plenty of calories but zero nutritional value,” warns Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.

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