New research out of India has found that those convenient plastic bottles that hold many of our favorite soft drinks could be poisoning our body with heavy metals. The presence of toxins like lead, antimony, Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate(DEHP), cadmium, and chromium in the plastic of soft drink containers was recently uncovered by India’s Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) a division of its government Health Ministry.
Many of these metals, especially cadmium and lead, are classified by the (WHO) World Health Organization as being a major public health concern. Both, lead and cadmium are known to be carcinogenic and are linked to causing neurological impairment and other brain damage, not to mention a variety of birth defects and reproductive harm in those exposed.
As stated by the reports, the PET plastic bottles used to hold popular soft drinks like those manufactured by PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, as well as thousands of other beverage brands, even including those advertised as being “healthy” – are full of chemicals that leach inside into the liquid . Whether due to cold, heat or simple chemical reactions, these toxic substances can cause chronic damage when they end up in people’s bodies.
Back in 2009, it was big news that soft drinks containing (HFCS) high-fructose corn syrup are often contaminated with mercury. The Washington Post and others reported that most HFCS is made in a process which involves exposing the sweetening syrupy substance to the toxic metal, especially harmful to developing children, who often on a routine basis chug down soda-pop.
Now, it’s clear that due to other hidden heavy metals that are either somehow making their way into the carbonated beverages during manufacturing or coming out of the plastic bottles, soft drinks are a threat in another major way. In both cases, soft drinks are proving to be a long-term death sentence, and possibly even in the short-term depending on how much of it people consume.
Cadmium finishes off the vital organs, while lead destroys the brain.
One of the biggest environment threats to children is lead and it is a bigger threat even than the tobacco smoke. Lead is known that damages IQ and harms the brain, and at higher levels it can bring to degradation of the central nervous system, resulting in comas, seizures, convulsions, and possible death.
(OEHHA) The California Office of Environmental Health and Human Hazard Administration warns that lead can cause birth defects and other reproductive damage, as can cadmium. Perhaps cadmium is even worse than lead by its actual toxicity because it’s known to make huge damage on vital organs like the liver, kidneys, as well as bones — even over long periods of time and at very low levels.
Cadmium, as with lead, can make serious developmental problems like neurological harm and decreased birth weight, especially in males. The science shows that young boys who are exposed to cadmium have greatly reduced reproductive potential, which is why it is much more concerning its presence in popular soft drinks.
The journal Toxicology Reports published a study in 2015 that identified the presence of heavy metals and other contaminants in soft drinks. Alcohol was one of these contaminants, which is known to cause impairment and damage vital organs – a major NO for young children. The conclusion of this study was that soft drinks create a major public health problem.