June 14, 2007 at 12:33 pm #67141LoriMParticipant
This gives me second thoughts about the sodas I drink! Be sure to check out the other links recomended below too… you won’t look at soda the same way!
Research from a British university suggests that sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.
This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s.
When a UK professor of molecular biology and biotechnology tested the impact of sodium benzoate on living yeast cells, he discovered that it was damaging important DNA in the cells’ mitochondria.
Mitochondria serve as the “power stations” for cells, and damage to them can lead to serious cell malfunctions associated with aging and age-related disease. The damage caused by sodium benzoate was great enough to cause the mitochondria to stop functioning.
Sodium benzoate occurs naturally in berries in small amounts, but is used in large quantities to prevent mold in soft drinks such as Sprite, Diet Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Dr Pepper. It is also added to pickles and sauces.June 14, 2007 at 1:00 pm #118755starlasueParticipant
Thanks for the article – the first one I can get to. The others I can’t. I have been telling my friends and family (especially soda addicted hubby) that soda are so bad on so many levels that they are like a poison. I’ll show this to him.
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