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Article first published as Another Reason To Think Twice Before Sipping That Soda on Technorati.


It’s been a few years now and I’m always hesitant to blog, or even talk about it, for fear of it somehow resurfacing, but for those of you who know me, you know that I had this horrible rash that I just couldn’t get rid of. Since I was eliminating things from my world and from my diet to try to figure this out, soda was one of the things that went first. Basically, it is high fructose corn syrup with flavoring. High fructose corn syrup is evil (in my opinion) and I try to avoid it. I mean if you see soda remove paint from cars, what the hell is it doing to my insides?

Now, there is a new evidence, (beside my own evil rantings) that you shouldn’t overindulge in the soda stuff.

Before you reach for that can of soda, think again. In addition to the fact that soda has been linked to obesity and heart disease, a new study out of Australia will make you think twice before consuming another fizzy glass.

While the study is preliminary, the researchers involved are quick to point out that soda alone might not be the sole reason for the increased risk in developing lung disease. According to Dr. David Katz, the director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, in response to an interview with MedPage Today, “High soda intake is a good marker for poor overall diet, and poor overall attention to health.”The University of Adelaide in Australia has released a study preliminarily showing that soda can lead to an increased risk of lung disease. The study monitored 16,907 adults with an average age of 46.7 regarding their soda intake. It was determined that those people that consumed at least half of a liter of soft drinks consisting of soda, lemonade, flavored water and sports drinks, resulted in a higher risk of developing asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD. The participants in the study that drank one half liter or more of soda and other soft drinks per day were 14.7% more likely to develop a lung disease than those that didn’t who were 11.9% likely to develop such a condition.

According to the researchers involved in the study, “There exists a dose-response relationship, which means the more soft drink one consumes, the higher the chance of having these diseases” reported in the journal Respirology, where the study resulted were reported.

The study also demonstrated a link between soda consumption, smoking and an increased risk of lung disease. According to study results, smokers who consumed more than half of a liter of soda or other soft drinks per day were 6.6% more likely to develop COPD than those that did not smoke and drink soda.

Should you turn your back on your favorite soft drinks? Researchers are quick to advise that the study did not prove causality since they suspected that an overall unhealthy diet and lifestyle might be contributing to the health problems faced by study participants. Nonetheless, curbing your reliance on sugary soft drinks might be a healthy choice.

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One of the things that I tried desperately to eliminate from my diet when I realized that the sulfites in wine were bothering me was high fructose corn syrup. I learned that it contained sulfites in the processing of it and therefore it was something better avoided for me. Today results of a study were released which indicate that nearly 50% of tested samples of high fructose corn syrup contain mercury — which is yet another reason to avoid it.  The press release in full can be found here.

According to the release, 55 brand name food and beverages containing high fructose corn syrup as the first or second ingredient were sent in for testing. “Nearly one in three products tested contained detectable mercury. Mercury was most prevalent in HFCS-containing dairy products, dressings and condiments. The brands that were tested included Hershey’s, Kraft, Smucker’s, Manwich, Nutrigain and Yoplait. 

When I started looking to avoid high fructose corn syrup, I was amazed to find that it was in foods that I never would have suspected – like breads and believe it or not it was one of the leading ingredients. Do we really need it in breads?

How might you ask does one get mercury in the high fructose corn syrup? Evidently from what I’ve read it is a byproduct of the manufacturing process whereby the corn syrup is extracted from the kernel. Read here for more information and a complete list of the products tested and their levels of mercury.

Pretty scary stuff….our food is definitely going to kill us sooner or later. Another reason that I will ramp up my efforts to avoid it, not only for me but also now for my family.

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