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Some Soft Drinks May Seriously Harm Your Health

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Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.

 

The findings could have serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who consume fizzy drinks. They will also intensify the controversy about food additives, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children.

 

Concerns centre on the safety of sodium benzoate, a preservative used for decades by the £74bn global carbonated drinks industry. Sodium benzoate derives from benzoic acid. It occurs naturally in berries, but is used in large quantities to prevent mould in soft drinks such as Sprite, Oasis and Dr Pepper. It is also added to pickles and sauces.

 

Sodium benzoate has already been the subject of concern about cancer because when mixed with the additive vitamin C in soft drinks, it causes benzene, a carcinogenic substance.

 

A review of sodium benzoate by the World Health Organisation in 2000 concluded that it was safe, but it noted that the available science supporting its safety was "limited".

 

Professor Piper, whose work has been funded by a government research council, said tests conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration were out of date.

 

He advised parents to think carefully about buying drinks with preservatives until the quantities in products were proved safe by new tests. "My concern is for children who are drinking large amounts," he said.

 

Coca-Cola and Britvic's Pepsi Max and Diet Pepsi all contain sodium benzoate.

 

 

 

 

By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent

Published: 27 May 2007

 

 

 

 

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Salaam,

 

My theory that everyone should just drink tea, instead, has been vindicated once again.

 

Vive! afternoon tea and cakes, that most civilised of institutions with the best drink in the world at its heart, vive! vive!

 

 

Cheers :sl:

 

Peace and Love,

 

DARLA

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