7 Ways Soda Poisons Your Brain & Body

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Health Optimization, News

sodaResearchers from the University of Southern California (USC) presented findings at the 2014 Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) Annual Meeting that showed “daily consumption of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose can impair the ability to learn and remember information, particularly when consumption occurs during adolescence.”

Scott Kanoski, lead author of the study explained : “It’s no secret that refined carbohydrates, particularly when consumed in soft drinks and other beverages, can lead to metabolic disturbances. However, our findings reveal that consuming sugar-sweetened drinks is also interfering with our brain’s ability to function normally and remember critical information about our environment, at least when consumed in excess before adulthood.”

Kanoski pointed out that “adolescent sugar-sweetened beverage consumption produced inflammation in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that controls many learning and memory functions. The hippocampus is such a critical brain region for memory function. In many ways this region is a canary in the coal mine, as it is particularly sensitive to insult by various environmental factors, including eating foods that are high in saturated fat and processed sugar.”

This new discovery about the dangers of soda, high fructose syrup and chemicals in our beverages is just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2011, mainstream media reported that certain brands of PepsiCo soft drinks contained a patented flame retardant used in plastics to keep carbonated drinks from becoming combustible.

Over exposure to the toxin could lead to the necessity of medical attention for “skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders.”

In 2013, a new study published by researchers at the University of Vermont (UV), Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and Columbia University (CU) showed that children who consume large daily quantities of soda are prone to expressing aggression, withdrawal and attention issues because the high sugar concentration completely alters human behavior.

Parents reported on their child’s soda consumption while also filing a Child Behavior Checklist (CBC) that extended for 8 weeks.

It was shown that 43% of children consumed at least one soda per day. With socioeconomic factors entered into the data, Suglia’s team concluded that “any form of soft drink consumption was associated with aggressive behavior. The relationship also resembled a dose-response effect, meaning the more soda a child consumed, the stronger the association with aggressive behavior. Furthermore, the children who consumed four or more soft drinks a day had a significant association with higher withdrawn scores and higher attention problem scores.”

Written by:  Susanne Posel – Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent