BOOM: Pepsi Admits Its Soda Contains Cancer-Causing Ingredients

When the Center for Environmental Health released test results showing that Pepsi intentionally covered up the presence of high levels of 4-Mel in its popular soft drinks in 2013, the company denied both the presence of this chemical in its beverages and the fact that it was dangerous. 4-Mel, which is short for 4-Methylimidazole, is a compound that is formed in the manufacturing of caramel coloring, and is a known carcinogen.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Sources: Natural News

Since then, the drinks maker has fought against complying with California state requirements to place a cancer warning label on the beverages that contain the ingredient, which include not only Pepsi, but also Diet Pepsi and Pepsi One.

Now, a settlement in a class action lawsuit against Pepsi has gained preliminary approval from a federal judge in California. As part of the proposed settlement, Pepsi has agreed to ensure its caramel coloring’s 4-Mel levels do not exceed 100 parts per billion in products that are being shipped for sale within the U.S. They will also be required to test the soda using specific protocols.

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The soft drink giant also agreed to these measures in a different lawsuit that was settled in a California state court last year. The new settlement, however, expands the reach of these measures from California to the entire country.

Pepsi failed to warn consumers that its drinks contain known carcinogens

The lawsuit accused Pepsi of failing to warn people that its beverages contain 4-Mel, which California has officially recognized as a cancer-causing chemical.

2014 Consumer Reports test showed that the 4-Mel in Pepsi exceeded the permitted level of 29 micrograms per bottle or can, which would mean that they were in violation of common law and consumer protection statutes in the state of California.

In particular, this violates California’s Proposition 65, which has been in place since 1985, and requires manufacturers to provide consumers with clear warnings when their products will expose them to toxic or cancer-causing chemicals.

The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment set the cutoff at 29 micrograms because that level creates a risk of cancer of one in 100,000.

Citing a 2013 Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research report, Consumer Reports said that caramel coloring is the world’s most widely used food coloring. At the time, Pepsi tried to say that because Prop 65 refers to exposure per day rather than exposure per can, and that the average amount of diet soda that its drinkers consume daily is less than a can, there was no need to place a warning on it. Consumer Reports disagreed, however.

“No matter how much consumers drink they don’t expect their beverages to have a potential carcinogen in them. And we don’t think 4-MeI should be in foods at all. Our tests of Coke samples show that it is possible to get to much lower levels,” toxicologist Dr. Urvashi Rangan said.

Is drinking soda really worth risking cancer and obesity?

It simply does not make sense for people to expose themselves unnecessarily to an ingredient that merely serves to color their food, and consumers have the right to be aware of what they are putting in their bodies. The popularity of books like Food Forensics serves to illustrate the growing desire by Americans to know what ingredients their food products contain.

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The cancer-causing caramel coloring in Pepsi is not the only reason consumers should steer clear of it. Soft drinks are also believed to be behind the nation’s obesity epidemic.

A UCLA study found that adults who consumed one sugary drink such as a soda every day had a 27 percent higher likelihood of being classified as overweight than those who did not drink such beverages.

Moreover, drinking just one soda each day adds up to a total of 39 pounds of sugar each year! That means that regular soda drinkers can cut their risk of obesity and cancer in one fell swoop simply by giving up the habit for good.

10 Industrial Uses for Coke That Prove it is Not Good For Us

Coca – Cola is popular in the world like the most valuable brand in the history and also the second most recognized phrase on the planet after “Hello.”

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: The Free Thought Project

In many places around the world buying a Coke is ironically less expensive and easier than the access to clean water.

Although the Coke tries to present itself like an environmentally and socially conscious company, the real truth is that it is connected to water shortages and pollution.

Also, the acidity of Coke has led many to ask the toxicity of the drink, relating to long-term health, because its pH rating is one point higher than the pH rating of battery acid.

In one study by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the researchers discovered that persons who consumed minimum one soda a day had a 44 percent higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome during the 4 year study.

The crew studied 2,400 and more middle aged white residents of Framingham, Mass., especially focusing on more than 1,600 people who haven’t shown signs of metabolic syndrome when the study started. Then, these persons were tracked by the team for at least 4 years.

Those people who drank minimum one soda can per day also had:

  • a 30% higher risk of getting a larger waistline
  • a 31% higher risk of becoming obese
  • a 32% higher risk of having low levels of good cholesterol
  • a 25% higher risk of having low good cholesterol levels
  • a trend toward an increased risk of high blood pressure

In another study, it was discovered that people have a 48% increased risk of stroke or heart attack when drinking one or more soda cans per day, in a comparison to those that don’t drink it every day.

The soft drink consumption has also been connected to respiratory disorders like as asthma and COPD.

10 Household Uses

The Coke is not good for the human body, the extreme acidity of this drink makes it work like an amazing cleaning product.

The pH of 0 to nearly 7 is acidic in the scale, while from 7 to 14 is alkaline on the pH scale. The pH level of the battery acid is 1, while the pure water has a pH of 7.

In the test done on the acidity levels of Coke, it was discovered to have 2.5 pH levels.

Because of that, it can clean surfaces just like many toxic household cleaners.

Here are 10 household uses of Coke like a domestic cleaner that show it is not healthy for the human health.

1. Remove the rust – methods include using sponge, fabric, or even aluminum foil dipped in this drink.

2. Clean burnt pans – soak the pan in the Coke, and then rinse it.

3. Clean the oil stains from the garage floor – let the stain soak and then hose off.

4. Clean the engine – Coke distributors have been using this method for decades.

5. Make pennies shine bright like a diamond – soak the old pennies in Coke to remove the tarnish.

6. Remove the stains from the vitreous china.

7. Clean the toilet: pour it and leave it for a while, then flush it.

8. Remove the blood stains from fabric and clothing.

9. Coke together with aluminum foil will bring the Chrome a high shine.

10. Strip the paint off metal furniture – soak one towel in Coke and then lay it on the paint surface.

It is clear that the Coca – Cola is a product that has many amazing uses. Although the record shows that the best uses of this product are not connected with consumption.

Sugar Crash: U.S. Soda Consumption Hits 30-Year Low

The industry-wide slump in 2015 was even worse for the leading cola brands.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

Red meat consumption may be set to rise in the U.S. for the first time in a decade, but in other diet- and public health–related news, Americans drank less soda in 2015—making that 11 straight years of decline and a 30-year low.

According to a new report from Beverage Digest, Americans drank 1.2 percent less soda, by volume, in 2015, outpacing the 0.9 percent decline from 2014. Pepsi, one of the iconic dueling cola brands, saw consumption slip by 3.2. Fanta, which is owned by Coke, is one of the few beverages that saw significant growth: Americans drank 8.3 percent more of the fruit-flavored sodas last year.

The 11th year of soda’s slump comes asPhiladelphia is considering a soda tax; the organizers behind the successful 2014 soda-tax ballot measure in Berkeley, California, are trying to convince other cities they can do the same; and, across the pond, the United Kingdom is moving toward a nationwide tax on sugary beverages. And outside the policy realm, Coke weathered a months-long scandal last year over its funding and continued involvement with the operations of a nonprofit that promoted exercise as the solution to obesity over diet.

The industry spin on the news is that consumers aren’t moving away from soda but are simply drinking it differently. “The consumer is moving to smaller packages,” Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, said at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference last year, according to Business Insider. “A 12-ounce traded to a 7-ounce can is a 30 percent reduction in volume, but it’s an increase in revenue.”

Americans appear to be heeding the call of nutritionists and public-health experts to not consume more than a day’s worth of sugar contained in a can of Coke (per the World Health Organization’s guidelines). But these are global companies, and the industry is turning to overseas markets—including poor, developing countries where clean water can be hard to come by—for future growth. According to a recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, emerging and developing markets are expected to account for 70 percent of soda sales in 2018, up from 55 percent in 2008.

Still Drinking Coca Cola? Watch This!

Have you ever wondered what exactly Coca Cola is?

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

Here is what happens to our body after drinking Coca Cola…

After 10 minutes

Ten tea spoons of sugar contained in a glass of Cola, cause devastating “strike” on the organism and the only cause, by reason of not vomiting, is the phosphoric acid which inhibits the action of sugar.

After 20 minutes

A leap of insulin levels in bloodstream occurs. The liver converts all the sugar into fat.

After 40 minutes

Ingestion of caffeine is finally completed. The eye pupils are expanding. Blood pressure rises, because the liver disposes more sugar into bloodstream. The adenosine receptors get blocked, thereby preventing drowsiness.

After 45 minutes

Body raises production of dopamine hormone, which stimulates the brain pleasure center. Heroin has the same principle of operation.

After 1 hour

Phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, which supercharges metabolism. Releasing of calcium through urine also rises.

After more than 1 hour

Diuretic effect of the drink enters in “the game”. The calcium, magnesium and zinc are removed out of the organism, which are a part of our bones, as well as sodium. At this time we have already become irritable or subdued. The whole quantity of water, contained in a coca cola, is removed by the urine.

Actually, when having a cold bottle of Coke and enjoying its undeniable freshness, do we know what chemical “cocktail” we pour into our throats?

The active ingredient of Coca-Cola is orthophosphoric acid. Due to its high acidity, cisterns used for transporting of the concentrate have to be equipped with special reservoirs designed for highly corrosive materials.

Let’s have a look at “the anatomy” of one of the most advertised products of “Coca-Cola Co.” – Coca-Cola Light without caffeine. This drink contains Aqua Carbonated, E150D, E952, E951, E338, E330, Aromas, E211.

Aqua Carbonated – this is sparkling water. It stirs gastric secretion, increases the acidity of the gastric juice and provokes flatulency – plenty evolution of gases. Furthermore, spring water is not used, but is used regular filtered water.

E150D – food coloring, obtained through the processing of sugar at specified temperatures, with or without addition of chemical reagents. In the case with coca-cola, ammonium sulfate is added.

E952 – Sodium Cyclamate is a sugar substitute. Cyclamate is a synthetic chemical, has sweet taste, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, and is used as an artificial sweetener. In 1969 it was banned by FDA, since it as well as saccharin and aspartame, caused cancer in rats’ urinary bladder. In 1975, prohibition seized also Japan, South Korea and Singapore. In 1979, WHO (World Health Organization), “who knows why?” rehabilitated cyclamates and recognizing them as safe.

E950 – Acesulfame Potassium. 200 times sweeter than sugar, containing methyl ether, where it aggravates the operation of the cardiovascular system. Likewise, it contains asparaginic acid which can also cause excitant effect on our nervous system and in time it can lead to addiction. Acesulfame is badly dissolved and is not recommended for use by children and pregnant women.

E951 – Aspartame. A sugar substitute for diabetics and is chemically unstable: at elevated temperature it breaks down into methanol and phenylalanine. Methanol is very dangerous: 5-10ml can cause destruction of the optic nerve and irreversible blindness. In warm soft drinks, aspartame transforms into formaldehyde which is very strong carcinogen. Some number of cases with aspartame poisoning include: unconsciousness, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, palpitation, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, memory loss, blurry vision, fainting, joint pains, depression, fertility, hearing loss and etc. Aspartame can also provoke the following diseases: brain tumors, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), epilepsy, Graves’ disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental deficiency and tuberculosis.

E338 – Orthophosphoric Acid. This can cause irritation of skin and eyes. It is used for production of phosphoric acid salts of ammonia, sodium, calcium, aluminum and also in organic synthesis for production of charcoal and film tapes, for production of refractory materials, ceramics, glass, fertilizers, synthetic detergents, medicine, metalworking, and textile and oil industries. Food orthophosphoric acid is used in the production of carbonated water and for preparation of ingredients in pastry. It is known that orthophosphoric acid interfere with the absorption of calcium and iron from the body, which can cause weakening of bones and osteoporosis. Other side effects are thirst and skin rashes.

E330 – Citric Acid. It is widely spread in nature and is used in pharmaceutical and food industries. Salts of citric acid (citrates) are used in food industry as acids, preservatives, stabilizers, and in medical fields – for preserving blood.

Aromas – unknown aromatic additives

E211 – Sodium Benzoate. It is used in production of some food products, as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. These products refer to jams, fruit juices and fruit yoghurts. It’s not recommended for use by asthmatics and people who are sensitive to aspirin. A study conducted by Peter Piper at the Sheffield University in Britain, found that this compound causes significant damage to DNA. According to his words, sodium benzoate which is an active component in preservatives doesn’t destroy DNA, but deactivating it. This can lead to cirrhosis and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

So, what turns out? Well, it turns out that “the secret recipe” of coca-cola is just one advertising play. What kind of secret may be there, when it’s well known to us that this is a weak solution of cocaine with preservatives, colorants, stabilizers and etc. I.e., this is legalized cocaine addiction plus pure poison. Diet Coke is even worse, because the aspartame in it, replaces sugar, becoming pure neurotoxic poison.

So, if you can’t imagine a life without coca-cola, take advantage of the following recommendations:

– Many distributors of coca-cola in U.S use this drink for cleaning their truck engines.

-Many police officers in U.S have bottles of coca-cola in their cars and when a car accident happens, they wash the blood out of the road with it.

– Coca-Cola is a great tool for removing rusty stains on chrome surfaces of cars. To remove corrosion from car battery, pour it with Coke and the corrosion will disappear.

– To unscrew a rusty screw, dip a cloth in coca-cola and wrap around it for several minutes.

– To clean stains from clothes – pour coca-cola on dirty clothes, add washing powder and run the washing machine as usual. You will be surprised of the results.

– In India, some farmers use coca-cola instead of pesticides for pest extermination, because it’s cheaper and the effect is completely satisfying.

So, coca-cola undeniably is a very useful product. The key is to be used for intended purposes, but not for drinking!

Mind-Blowing Coca-Cola Experiments You Can Do At Home

In the late 19th century, John Pemberton invented a concoction which gave rise to the carbonated soft-drink known today as Coca-Cola.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

He likely had no idea how popular and significant his drink would become as he was largely concerned with creating a ‘healthy’ drink to help cure addictions and other ailments.

Yes, original Coke did contain a little cocaine, but have no fear because today it only contains a massive dose of high-fructose corn syrup which causes all sorts of other issues.

Nonetheless, Coca-Cola became a symbol, mostly associated with the United States, and imagery and advertisements associated with the drink appeared virtually everywhere as time went on.

The influence of this drink and the company that made it was so powerful that even the way Santa Claus is portrayed today is a direct result of Coke’s marketing power.

Of course, being naturally inquisitive beings, humans only sat around and actually drank their Coca-Cola for several decades before they found out you can do all sorts of fun and strange things with it. Yes, you can dump some Mentos in and get a geyser of pop – we’ve all seen the endless videos of that.

You can also use it as a cleaner thanks to its highly corrosive levels of phosphoric acid. Ahead you’ll find a number of fun and, sometimes, bizarre, experiments you can do with Coke at home.

Be warned that in actuality some of these experiments should be done outside and possibly far away from other people or buildings.

MUST SEE: 10 Famous Logos That Have A Hidden Message

10 Famous Logos That Have A Hidden Message

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

10) At first you just see the word ‘VAIO’, but look a little closer and you’ll see the first two letters represent an analog symbol and the last two letters are binary.

9) Notice that the arrow is pointing from the a to the z. This represents the fact that Amazon provides a variety of items for sale, literally from A to Z.

8) The Google logo has four primary colors in a row then it’s broken by a secondary color. This is because Google wanted to show that they don’t play by the rules and are also playful without making the symbol bulky. To do that, they just used simple letters and colors.

7) The two middle T’s in Tostitos shows two friends sharing some tortilla chips and salsa.

6) When you first look at it, it looks like only a map of Africa. If you take a closer look and you’ll see an adult and child facing each other.

5) Toblerone originated from Bern, Switzerland. The town is also known as the ‘City of Bears’.
4) The white lines passing through give the appearance of the equal sign in the lower right corner, representing equality.

3) The three ellipses that are found in the logo for Toyota represent three hearts: the heart of the customer, the heart of the product, and the heart of progress in the field of technology.

2) Coca Cola discovered that part of its logo looks like the Danish flag, which has been named the happiest country on earth. Once they discovered that, they set up a media stunt in Denmark’s biggest airport, where they welcomed people with flags.

1) If you look closely you can see an arrow is created between the spaces of the letter ‘E’ and ‘X’, representing the company’s forward-thinking ways and outlook towards the future.