Collin Brozek Scott Harber Comp. I April 14th, 2013 Argument Essay There are a plethora of reasons why pop and soft-drinks are bad for personal health as well as the environment. Never the less there have been an increase of obesity cases and children with diabetes caused solely by the consumption of sugar filled beverages.
The consumption of soft-drinks and other carbonated beverages have multiple negative effects, and I want to briefly cover ten or so reason as to why soda is hazardous to our bodies as well as some negative effects that drinking soda on a daily basis has on the body.
To begin, soft-drinks are nothing but flavored sugar water, which is completely unhealthy for the body; the constant consumption of sodas can lead to obesity and diabetes. To define obesity by Webster Dictionary, it is classified as, more than average fatness.
But exactly what is over average? Well according to Emily Main writer for a health website called, Rodale explains that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, believe the typical adult with a height of five foot nine inches would be considered healthy with a weight from one-hundred and twenty-five pounds to one-hundred and sixty-eight pounds, whereas and over overweight would be from one-hundred and sixty-nine pounds to two-hundred and two pounds, and to classify as obese you would have to weigh in a range of 203lbs or more.
The number of Americans with diabetes in 2011, was nearly twenty-six million, according to the CDC, and close to two-hundred and thirty thousand deaths have been cause by diabetes alone. (Main 1) Most recently, Danish researchers have found that drinking non-diet soft-drinks can lead to a drastic increase of fat that builds up around the liver. Which with the fat build up around the liver can contribute to several cases of insulin resistance, and diabetes. The study has shown that people who drank one soda every day for six months had a one-hundred and thirty-two to one-hundred and forty-two percent increase in liver fat. The roblem with this is most Americans drink more than one can of soda a day, meaning that the health risk is greater increases. Now, we all know that soda contains sugar, that’s no surprise, but what is surprising is even diet soda can add weight on. Main of Rodale reported, Scientists and researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center, studied four-hundred and seventy-five adults for ten years, and found over the ten years that those who drank diet soda have a seventy percent increase on the size of their waist, whereas those who had more than one diet soda a day had a five-hundred percent increase of waist size.
This is because when the liver receives excess amounts of glucose or sugar, it is then converted in to body fat. (Main 3) The fourth contribution to why soda has negative and unhealthy effects on the human body is, the coloring used in brown soft-drinks pose the threat of cancer. The chemicals used in the brown like coloring are; 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Those two chemicals were tested on animals and in each case each animal has signs of pre-cancerous cells, researched by the CDC and FDA it was found that just sixteen micrograms of 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a threat of cancer.
In both diet and regular brown sodas there is as much as two-hundred micrograms in a single twenty ounce bottle of soda, which is more than twelve times then the dose to pose a threat. Meaning that the more and more that somebody drinks the more popular brown sodas the higher chance they have to develop cancer cells. Also both diet and regular sodas contain phosphates, and phosphoric acid, which is a weak acid that helps give the sodas that tangy zesty flavor, as well as extend the shelf life of the soda because it acts as a type of preservative.
Now phosphates and phosphoric acids are also in food like dairy and meats, but too much of these ingredients can lead to many heart complications and kidney problems as well as osteoporosis. Published in a 2010 issue of the FASEB Journal, discovered that and abundance of phosphates were tested on lab rats. The rats that were exposed and given more or excessive amounts of phosphates died on average five weeks before the rats that have normal levels. This is quite frightening because canning plants and manufactures over time have increased the amount of acids they put in their sodas. (FASEB 1)
One a side note, but still a concern to our environment is artificial sweeteners. So far scientist aren’t sure whether they are harmful to humans and our bodies, but what they do know is, is that the sweeteners used in diet sodas cannot breakdown in our bodies. Scientist in Switzerland around 2009 tested water treatment plants around the country and discovered that there were trace amounts of acesulfame K, sucralose, as well as saccharin which are all used in the sweetening of diet sodas. While not completely harmful, yet, to humans it still shows signs of interface with animals that live near lakes and rivers.
So now not only are sodas not good for humans, but is also causing problems to animals. Back to the main subject of sodas and soft-drinks, targeting one brand in particular; Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew has caused so much of a problem among adolescents and teens that they are considering making it a medical condition. With the name like “Mountain Dew Mouth” or the “Mountain Dew Mind” due to the above average amounts of sugar that is in Mountain Dew, which causes teens mouths to be full of cavities. A health article on NBC’s Today Show website briefly explained the Health Concerns over Mountain Dew. Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, added to prevent the flavoring from separating from the drink, is an industrial chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics. Also found in other citrus-based soft drinks and sports drinks, the chemical has been known to cause memory loss and nerve disorders when consumed in large quantities. Researchers also suspect that, like brominated flame retardants used in furniture foam, the chemical builds up in body fat, possibly causing behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on heart muscles over time”(Today 1).
Some would argue that sodas can actually be quite healthy for you, once you get past all the sugar, primarily because one of the main ingredients in your basic beverage is corn. Tara Carson, of LiveStrong. com wrote an article explaining the health benefits of corn in What Are the Health Benefits of Corn. Carson tells us, A 1-cup serving of corn provides one-hundred and twenty-five calories, or six percent of the amount you need each day. You obtain the nutrients you need from low-calorie, healthy foods and reduce the risk of reaching an unhealthy weight level.
Maintaining a healthy weight is a challenging task in the United States where two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. (Carson 1). Protein and fiber are also vital for the body, to help it improve muscle growth, and in just a single serving, 1-cup, of corn you can receive 4. 7g of protein and 3g of fiber. Farmers growing organic corn, grow around one-hundred and sixty thousand ears of corn per acre which is more than enough reason to eat and utilize this healthy necessity. However, what is also true, around ninety percent of all corn is grown in U.
S. meaning that we now have GMO’s to worry about. GMO’s or genetically modified crops are created to resist toxic pesticides and designed to create pesticides within it ‘self. While scientist are still completely unsure what the GMO’s due to humans, but in several animal cases it have been linked to accelerated aging, infertility, and damage to the digestive tract. But wait, there’s more! Before you decided to make the leap and change from soda cans to plastic bottles, I want to bring up yet another serious environmental concern.
It has been estimated that about one thousand animals die by pollutions of plastic bottles alone every year. Close to the Pacific Ocean or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is looking more and more like a landfill that an Ocean. Close to twenty thousand plastic bottles and the six-pack plastic ring the bottles are sold in have been found near the Pacific Ocean. If you lined up each bottle form end to end it could stretch from the moon and back. On the same note over pollution, caffeine in sodas, similar to tea and coffee can lead to constant or over-active urination.
Jake Butler, of Yahoo Shine wrote in his article 9 Health Risks of Drinking Pop explains, “ Caffeine is a natural diuretic which leads to quick and increased production of urine. Similar to beverages like tea and coffee which tend to increase the frequency of urination, soda pop also has the same effect on the body. Urinating frequently without increasing the intake of water leads to dehydration. So, the next time you pick up a soda pop to quench your thirst, think twice, because it may actually make you even more thirsty (Butler 1).
Bringing up the rear I would like to address that, not only is the soda we are consuming killing us, but the cans it is sold in. All aluminum cans are coated on the inside with a type of epoxy called bisphenol A or BPA. BPA is used to prevent the soda acids from reacting with the metal can. BPA has been reported, by the CDC, to cause complications with infertility, diabetes, and even obesity. In an article called, Why Soda Ban Will Work In Fight Against Obesity, Nadia Arumugam explains, “Obesity leads to the deaths of nearly six thousand New Yorkers a year, more than any health problem except smoking” (Arumugam 1).
BPA is also linked to some forms of cancer. Currently both Pepsi and Coke are using BPA lined cans in their cans, and neither has a one-hundred percent BPA free plant. After eleven eye opening points as to why exactly soda is a foul and negative substance for humans, animals, and the environment alike I strongly and firmly believe that the government should regulate what materials and chemical are placed in sodas. We only have one like, and there is no reason to let it go to waste and damage our bodies over one simple eight ounce can of sugar soda, when there are always healthier options, such as; apple juice, milk, and even water.
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