Dangers of Cola

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Khalid Iseed Elias
COM101

Isn’t it so tempting the sound that pops when you open a can of coke or the smile that comes with it, or the effect it causes on your body, how refreshing a can of coke could be in a hot summer day? All that is so enjoyable, but what about the real effects that it causes on your body or how unhealthy this smile could bring you. Refreshing yes it is, but killing at the same time. Coca cola is the world’s favorite soft drink, each day 1.6 billion servings of coca cola are sold. However, just because it has become a staple does not mean that it’s healthy. Most of you enjoy their soft drink but only few know the harmful ingredients that it is made of, its effect on their bodies and how to quit it when they become addicted on it. The ingredients of coca cola are water, high fructose corn syrup, some phosphoric acid; caffeine, caramel coloring, and a dark mixture of questionable nutritional content that can result in all sorts of negative side effects if consumed in high quantities. Phosphoric acid is the main ingredient in coca cola, which can dissolve a nail in four days. This alone causes eroding of the stomach lining, infiltrates bodily fluids, takes out calcium from the bones, changes the alkaline-acid balance of the kidneys and damages the liver. So after talking about the ingredients of coca cola, now I would like to talk about the bad side effects that coca cola has on your body. Stomach Acid: Coca-Cola is one of the most acidic beverages on the market. An interview with Dr. James McKay, formerly of the Naval Medical Research Institute, found that colas are closest in pH level to vinegar--between 2.0 and 3.4, according to the Food and Drug Administration. A 2006 study published in the journal Inflammopharmacology showed that rats fed Coca-Cola exhibited an increased secretion of stomach enzymes used to balance pH. Caffeine: a 340 g serving of Coca Cola contains 64 mg of caffeine, according to "Neuroscience for Kids," the...
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