Is Soda Poison Or Dangerous?

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Here we will cover some facts about soda, and also cover some information about things that are being done to soda. We will also answer whether or not soda is poison. Soda is rightfully labeled many times as a bad drink. It often contains a lot of sugar, but is it really as bad as everyone makes it out to be?

Almost everyone grows up being told the same things about soda, and why they should be careful when they drink it. Usually it is their parents that first enlightens them.

Also, it is hard for people oftentimes in general to comprehend things that they don’t understand fully without approaching the matter with fear. I mean this is why scary movies are such a big hit every year, right? So, knowing a little more about soda helps to clear things up.

First off is the appearance. The appearance of coke for example, doesn’t resemble any beverage that anyone is really familiar with. It’s color and bubbles is just different from anything else that is not soda. The taste of soda is also the same way. It is a very unique taste.

Truth is, some of these soda beverages actually originated from a chemical experiment done by some pharmacist in a pharmaceutical. Does this mean that the soda is poisonous because you just found this out? We would need something a little more than that to say that it actually was.

Getting the actual ingredients would help a bit. There are plenty of crazy food and drink experiments filled with things you don’t know. This doesn’t mean the food and drinks are poisonous.

So, is soda poison?

Soda is not poison. You are likely to get water poisoning from water long before soda does anything to you. Soda is regulated by the FDA just like other foods and drinks. It is highly unlikely that you will receive a brand of any kind of soda, that will be poison.

Everything that goes into soda, including how soda is packaged, is all watched. It is done to ensure that all soda is safe. They even have a CGMP guide for manufacturers, which tell manufacturers and distributors how to safely make soda.

For the soda label, all necessary information (ingredients in the form of calories and grams, and even the name and address of the company producing the soda) is included on the food label. Even though most individuals will not take the time to ever visit the actual address, the information is there.

The FDA requires that all of this information be listed on the food label for all sodas for the safety of the consumer. Even though many individuals are unfamiliar with the names of certain ingredients, doesn’t mean that it isn’t known by the FDA on whether or not it is safe.

The FDA tests everything in soda, and continues to, to ensure that it isn’t poison or carcinogenic (has a risk of causing cancer).

This test has to be done since benzene, which is a carcinogenic, was found in some sodas in tests done between 2005 and 2007. Benzene was present in small amounts in 10 out of the 200 sodas that were tested at this time.

Benzene forms from benzene salts and vitamin C being present in the soda’s ingredients at the same time. When the level of benzene in a soda beverage is too high (higher than 1.5 ppb), then it can pose a risk of causing cancer.

Since these tests have been done, the sodas that were found to contain the benzene, have changed their ingredients to make them safer so that they do not pose such a health risk.

“FDA has determined that that the levels of benzene found in beverages to date do not pose a safety concern for consumers. FDA continues to test beverage samples for the presence of benzene.”


Even when an individual doesn’t understand the chemical reactions that occur in certain foods and drinks when certain ingredients are combined, the FDA does. They are constantly regulating soda and many other soft drinks to ensure that they are not poisonous in any form to consumers.

Some individuals have done some crazy tests to try and prove that soda is poisonous or dangerous, but most have yet to actually provide a real basis to why an individual can’t drink soda occasionally.

Of these tests, an individual was seen in a YouTube video trying to prove to individuals why they shouldn’t drink soda, because of a chemical reaction done with the addition of milk. When milk is added to coke for instance, the acidic coke causes the milk to curdle. The phosphoric acid attaches to the milk and leaves the coke.

When the individual doing the test showed what happened when milk was placed in the coke bottle with the coke, this is what had happened. Mostly water was left at the top of the coke bottle with the curdled milk sitting at the bottom. From here, the individual begin to try to prove that soda shouldn’t be consumed, because of how the contents in the bottle looked.

However, this didn’t prove anything except that, you shouldn’t put milk in your coke, if you don’t want it to chemically react the way that was demonstrated. Basically, the test had no real basis of why soda was dangerous or poisonous.

It was like watching someone prove that mentos and soda is dangerous because they cause an eruption of carbon dioxide when they are combined. A soda and mentos experiment, as fun as it is, doesn’t prove that soda is dangerous or poisonous to the human body.

Another individual begin to test why soda was dangerous by boiling soda in water. Since, soda contains sugar, the soda began to thicken and bubble up. What this individual had perceived as some kind of sludge, was actually what happens naturally when sugar is boiled for an extended period of time at high temperatures. It is called caramelization. It is how caramel coloring is made.

This is what it is actually done to some of the sugar in soda before it is placed in the beverage as a caramel coloring. This is how dark sodas get their unique color. Also, the FDA regulates the soda to ensure that only certain food colorings and preservatives that are safe, are allowed in the creation of soda beverages.

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