December 30, 2013
WARNING: On top of the GMO high fructose corn
syrup, the ingredients inside this imitation fruit beverage pose the risk of
forming a known carcinogen inside the bottle ~ just waiting for you to
It’s been more than 20 years since the FDA and beverage industry first learned
that sodium benzoate and citric acid or ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) can create
the carcinogen benzene while in the bottle together. The public was informed
just seven years ago, and yet, many makers of artificial fruit drinks and sodas
still frequently (and shamefully) use these ingredients in this risky
combination on the market today, or with variant formulas like potassium benzoate,
which has the same effect.
The soda companies and the FDA knew back in the early 1990s; the public didn’t find out until it made headlines in 2006 that these ingredients were creating a public health hazard no one wanted to address.
From the American Chemical Society in 1993 – Benzene production from decarboxylation of benzoic acid in the presence of ascorbic acid and a transition-metal catalyst.
From 2008 Belgian study – Benzene formation from Sodium/Potassium Benzoate and
Citric Acid is worsened by plastic bottle packaging.
2008: Diet Coke to drop additive in DNA damage fear.
Meanwhile, the same ingredient ~ added to your food as a preservative ~ also
poses another admitted risk:
the 40-year-old thesis that artificial color dyes & additives ~ including sodium benzoate ~ were making kids hyperactive and/or ADHD and irritating allergies was officially confirmed and publicly recognized, prompting EU bans, in the 2007 Southampton study.
Sodium Benzoate, Artificial Colors & ADHD/Hyperactivity in Children: Key Southampton Study from 2007 – Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial.
Artificial Food Colorings & Benzoate Preservative, from 2004:
The effects of a double blind,
placebo controlled artificial food colourings and benzoate preservative
challenge on hyperactivity in a general population sample of preschool
This artificial beverage ~ one of the least enlightened products anywhere on
store shelves, and marketed directly to Hispanics already at a higher risk for
food-derived health decline ~ not only gives its customer base the literal
formula for creating benzene, a known toxin, inside the bottle [sodium benzoate
+ citric acid + ascorbic acid (Vitamin C extract likely derived from corn)],
but it also provides consumers with every opportunity for hyperactivity with
ingredients Yellow #5 & Yellow #6 and sodium benzoate all in one batch, as
well as every opportunity for obesity, diabetes, et al. via the ‘contains no
juice’ yet filled with loads of high fructose corn syrup approach to
With ingredients this good, why not just go into a science lab and guzzle down
any random yellow liquid you find?
Further supporting evidence on this complex social issue may help address several concerns with no easy answer (or alternately no easy solution):
~ Should oligopolistic cartels control the “free market”?
.~ Should Michael Bloomberg lead the way in dictatorial nanny state calorie control just because the majority of the food supply is laced with dangerous additives?
~ Should U.S. taxpayers be forced to subsidize GMO corn & soy by the billions, along with filthy, toxic CAFO feedlots to produce beef & chicken, etc. et al. and pay Big Agra to effectively poison the population?
How can this be right?
BARRIERS TO BUYING HEALTHY FOODS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES: EVIDENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DISPARITIES
POVERTY AND OBESITY: THE ROLE OF ENERGY DENSITY AND ENERGY COSTS
THE ECONOMICS OF OBESITY: DIETARY ENERGY DENSITY AND ENERGY COST
FOOD CHOICES AND DIET COSTS: AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Choosing to eat unhealthy junk foods rather than choosing healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle at the individual level may be important and significant to the outcome of our life’s work, but there is no denying that the system is making a lot of these choices for people without their consent or full knowledge.
The poverty cycle cannot be explained just by irresponsible individuals; clearly many sectors of society are trapped in it, and a market-driven conspiracy to keep them down with shitty food is apparent. Sadly, this is a de facto reality, no matter whether “the elite” have planned it this way, or just failed to correct it.
Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so. ~ Lord Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (1951)