UPDATE: It’s no secret that drinking sugary sweet sodas are not good for your health. But even so, a Gallup poll revealed that 48 percent of Americans surveyed drink soda every day. Here’s why soda and certain foods contribute to premature aging.
How Much Soda Do Americans Drink?
Among those who drank soda, pollsters found that the average intake per day was 2.6 glasses. Young adults, aged 18 to 34 years old, drank the most soda. That is, 56 percent of the people in this age group were soda junkies.
The Health Hazards
Soda consumption is linked to obesity, but a study published in the FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Journal showed sodas cut your life short. The culprit: phosphates.
Researchers found that a high intake of phosphates accelerated signs of aging. High phosphate levels were linked to an increased prevalence and severity of age-related diseases, such as chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular calcification, severe muscle and skin atrophy.
Premature Aging Syndrome in Mice
The phosphate study examined three groups of mice:
- Group 1: Had a missing gene (klotho). When absent, it causes mice to have toxic levels of phosphates in their bodies. They died by 8 to 15 weeks.
- Group 2: Had 2 missing genes (klotho + NaPi2a). When BOTH genes were absent, the amount of phosphate decreased substantially in their bodies. They lived to 20 weeks.
- Group 3: Had 2 missing genes PLUS were fed a high phosphate diet. They died by 15 weeks.
Conclusion: High levels of phosphates may have a similar effect in humans. Phosphate imbalances in the body may influence the aging process.
Why Phosphoric Acid
Phosphoric acid creates an acidic environment, so carbon dioxide can be better absorbed. When this occurs, pressure is reduced and the soda can be bottled. However, phosphoric acid is sour, so sugar is added to reduce the acid’s tart taste. One can of soda contains over 9 teaspoons of added sugar whereby 9 teaspoons is the daily limit of sugar for a man and 6 teaspoons is the limit for a woman.
Corrosive in a Can: To clean corrosion from car battery terminals, pour a can of soda over there terminals to bubble away the corrosion. From personal experience, this actually works!
Hidden Phosphate Additives in Food and Beverages
It’s essential to not let the amount of phosphates in your body go out of balance to ensure good health and longevity. Avoid phosphates from sodas as well as from processed foods. Phosphates are not only in sodas, they’re in processed foods.
Phosphates are used to thicken food, cure meat, help dough rise, stabilize (emulsify) oil and water, such as cheese, and balance pH to extend shelf life in processed foods. They are added to:
- Fast food
- Enhanced meat and chicken products (e.g., deli meat, cured meat)
- Baking powder
- Commercially baked goods and mixes (e.g., pancakes, waffles, biscuits, refrigerated bakery products, cake mixes)
- Instant puddings and sauces
- Mashed potato mixes
- Breakfast (cereal) bars
- Nondairy creamers
- Bottle coffee beverages
- Some plant-based milks
- Sodas and other bottled beverages
- Iced teas
- Flavored waters
- Other manufactured food (e.g., ready-to-eat meals)
Hidden Sources of Phosphates
- Phosphoric acid
- Sodium polyphosphate
- Sodium tripolyphosphate
- Tricalcium phosphate
- Trisodium phosphate
- Dicalcium phosphate
- Sodium phosphate
- Monocalcium phosphate
- Tetrasodium phosphate
- Aluminum phosphate
Karen’s Fit Tip: Avoid sodas and processed foods to live a long, healthy life. Phosphoric acid causes imbalances in the body that result in age-related, debilitating diseases that appear after many years of consuming these components.
Patients with chronic kidney disease are especially at risk because their kidneys have difficulty removing phosphorus. Extra phosphorus can result in calcium being pulled out of your bones. Phosphorus works with calcium to build healthy bones and teeth. When phosphorus in your blood is elevated (hyperphosphatemia), your body pulls calcium from your bones, making them weak (osteoporosis).