You’ll never look at a glass of soda the same way again. Here are some new, disturbing facts about soda. 

  • First: Every time you drink soda, you’re getting older. All colas, whether they’re diet or regular, contain phosphoric acid. That’s what gives cola its tangy flavor and lengthens its shelf life. But drinking too much phosphoric acid ages your heart and kidneys. In fact, researchers studied two groups of lab animals for one year. One group only drank soda, the other only water. The result? The soda drinkers died five weeks earlier than non-soda drinkers. 
  • Another scary soda fact: It’s cancer in a can! Sodas like Coke and Pepsi contain artificial caramel coloring to give them a brown look. But studies show that same caramel coloring causes cancer in animals. In fact, experts say that 16 micrograms per day of the caramel coloring is enough to cause cancer, and most colas contain more than 12 times that amount per can. That’s why Coke and Pepsi are now re-tooling the recipe they use for caramel coloring. 
  • Also, would you believe that you’re drinking a flame retardant! The ingredient is brominated vegetable oil, and it’s used as flame retardant in plastics. And it’s also added to soda to keep the flavoring from separating from the water. Experts warn that ingesting too much of the chemical can cause everything from memory loss, to nerve disorders. 
  • And the final disturbing soda fact: Soda cans are toxic! Nearly all aluminum soda cans are lined with BPA – that’s a chemical used to keep the acids in soda from reacting with the metal. And studies show that BPA causes infertility, obesity, and cancer.