Thursday, February 23rd 2012 - It’s such a beautiful weather outside, the sun shines pretty “intense”. Manybe Damian Tuset Varela only one of hundreds eStem High who decided to buy a soda or softdrink so they don’t feel thirsty anymore. Instead of drinking water which is free and provided by school (just FYI, there are couple of water fountain in every floor at eStem). Besides that, everyone knows that water is sooo much better than soda. Maybe people just don’t know how dangerous they are. So we want to tell you
10 Seriously Disturbing Facts About Soda
1. The Increased Risk of Osteoporosis : This disease is a serious condition that can result in tremendous pain with fractures caused by thinning of the bones. Those at risk include seniors, women, smokers, and now those who regularly consume soda. Experts speculate that replacing calcium rich drinks, such as milk, with soda is leading to a deficiency and therefore an increase in osteoporosis. WebMD has more in this expert article.
2. Passing Soda May be Harder Than You Think : According to a study in the “Journal of Clinical Epidemiology,” phosphate-based soft drinks have been proposed as a contributor to kidney stones. It looked at over 1,000 male patients who both formed kidney stones and were consumers of a significant amount of soda to see what effect soda might have on stone recurrence. Those who consumed phosphate-based sodas in the largest quantities had the highest rate of kidney stone recurrence.
3. Soda-holics on the Rise : Much like alcohol or any other narcotic, soda can become an addiction. In fact, due to its high levels of caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and sodium, it is difficult to tell which consumers become addicted to, if not all three. This addiction can lead to a variety of health problems, including weight gain, diabetes, and tooth erosion. This article at Suite 101 has loads more.
4. Annual Costs Can be Huge : With a twelve pack of soda averaging three to four dollars, have you ever stopped to think how much that costs per year? If your family drinks three per week, the annual cost is $546. With a soda tax looming, it can easily bloom to approximately $790.
5. Linked to Tooth Decay : According to a report published in “General Dentistry,” the phosphoric acid in soda causes tooth enamel erosion, even with minimal exposure. In fact, a spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry says that the levels of acid found in sodas are comparable to that of a battery. There are also dangers for your teeth associated with the high sugar content of soda.
6. Mountain Dew Syndrome : Did you know that Central Appalachia is America’s number one spot for tooth decay? This is contributed to by poor diet, lack of access to dental care, and a love of soda, particularly Mountain Dew. The condition has become so common it is referred to as Mountain Dew Syndrome. Another disturbing fact about soda was that it was found to be used as a self-medicated anti-depressant.
7. Question Phosphorus Content : If you are concerned about the damages phosphorus content can cause, click here. With some sodas containing over 20 times the content as others, it is important to know who the culprits are. According to Belly Bytes, Coca-Cola is the highest offender with 69 mg per can. The lowest offenders were Canada Dry Ginger Ale and A & W Root Beer with three mg each. Diet sodas also ranked fairly high. View for yourself to see the list and get more disturbing facts about soda.
: As if soda didn’t have enough problems with what’s in the can, a disturbing study was done on the soda served from fountains in fast food places and self-serve areas. Hollins University found that 48% of sodas tested from the fast food fountains contain coliform bacteria, which is linked to fecal matter. To make matters worse, the bacteria was found to be resistant to eleven antibiotics.
9. But Does it Cause Cancer? : In another entry by WebMD, the link between soda and pancreatic cancer was studied. Study details, slideshows, and more are discussed. Because this is such a serious disease, we have also included the original study and a rebuttal to give you both sides of the story.
10. Seeing is Believing : We all know that soda is infamous for large amounts of sugar but how can we see it? In this video from Science on the Brain, Marshall shows us how much sugar this soda exactly contains by putting it through a scientific process. More disturbing is the fact that the sugar contained in the soda seen in its true form after a spin on the stove is sticky and tar like.
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petit pois/garden pea spread
- 300 grams shelled green peas, frozen or fresh but not canned.
- small bunch fresh cilantro(sometimes i make it with fresh mint)
- 2 tablespoons whole almond butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- 1 dash Tamari or Shoyu sauce
- Salt, black pepper
steam the peas for 15 min and place in a bowl, add almond butter, cilantro, garlic if using, Tamari sauce, a little salt and some pepper. Process until smooth (I use a hand blender). If the mixture is a bit too thick for the blade of the food processor to mix properly, add just a little bit of water,oats milk, or soy milk work well too… a teaspoon at a time, until soft enough to mix.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. Spread on pieces of multigrain bread and serve. The spread will keep for 2 to 3 days, in the fridge in an airtight container.