Confessions of a Soft Drink

By Debbie Moody

Hello. I am a humble, effervescent liquid. Humble? Well, that is debatable. Actually, I am quite proud of myself. Allow me to brag a little.

I fizz, sparkle, and bubble my way into thousands of people all over the world, every day. I HAVE MUCH POWER! I cause masses of humanity to make beelines for snack dispensers in plush, high-rise buildings. I stir men, women, and teenagers to dash into their cars late at night to speed to the nearest 24-hour convenience store. 

To give me an appetizing brown tint, I contain caramel coloring, which has genetic effects and is a cancer causing suspect. I sometimes have polyethylene glycol as one of my ingredients. Glycol is used as anti-freeze in automobiles, and as an oil solvent.

The bubbles and fizz with which I potently burn human insides is caused by my phosphoric acid. The phosphorus in the acid upsets the body’s calcium-phosphorus in the body’s calcium out of the bones. This can eventually result in osteoporosis, a weakening of the skeletal structure, which can make one susceptible to broken bones. Also, the phosphorus fights with the hydrochloric acid in human stomachs and renders it ineffective. This promotes indigestion, bloating and gassiness in many individuals.

I offer a selection of three types of sweeteners according to the customer’s preference. The sweeteners are:  Saccharin, Splenda or Aspartame in the diet type, and sugar or corn syrup in my regular drinks. These substances enhance my appeal and come disguised as “good” for everyone.  However, taste can be deceiving! Let me explain.

Saccharin is an artificial sweetener that has raised some concern about cancer in laboratory animals. There are warning labels on containers in which saccharin is an ingredient. Aspartame, the more common “diet” sweetener, has been linked to convulsions, depression, insomnia, irritability, weakness, dizziness, headaches, mood swings and mental retardation. Sugar and Corn Syrup can induce both HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar), and HYPERGLYCEMIA (high blood sugar), in susceptible individuals. Hypoglycemia has been linked to mental illness and hyperglycemia to diabetes. Sugar gives you a lift or burst of energy, and then sends you crashing down to severe fatigue. To get another charge, more sugary drinks are consumed. This pattern exhausts the adrenal glands and leaves a person with a chronic tired feeling.

Gorgeous! That’s what I am! I come dressed in a shiny metal can in various colors and tints. Sometimes I am silver, sometimes gold, sometimes blue, red, etc. I beckon and dazzle shoppers as they stroll past me in the supermarket. On a hot day, I am especially attractive, and hands reach for cases of me to share with friends at picnics and parties. However, I am very tricky. My thirst quenching liquid, which is alluringly encased in a aluminum can, contains traces of the same metal.  The acid in the soft drink eats away at the aluminum, which floats around until the consumer ingests it. Aluminum is a very toxic substance and builds up in the brain and has been linked to the degenerative senility affliction, better known as ALZHEIMER”S Disease.

Many times humans think they can lose weight by drinking me in the “diet” form. NOT SO!

My high sodium content helps them retain water in their bodies, and they become endemic. The kidneys and bladder do not function properly after a long habit of soft drink intake. The sugar in me destroys the beneficial flora in the colon and constipation results.

This locks the toxins in the body so they cannot be eliminated properly. The blood is not pure; as a result the cells are affected. In order to lose weight, fat must be flushed from the cells. The enzymes responsible for aiding the processes of fat release are paralyzed when they are poisoned, and so cannot do their job. People DEFEAT THEIR PURPOSE when they try to lose weight by drinking me.

 In conclusion, I would like to admit there is not a smidgen of humility in me. I am very egotistical! I am master over much of the decision-making ability of the human race. You don’t believe me? Look on school campuses, in parks, ball games, business offices, at street corners…anywhere there are people… I’ll be there!

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