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After several trials, Cadbury-Schweppes' chemists determined that the
benzene was caused by a chemical reaction between the preservative sodium
benzoate and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). The effect was found to be
especially prevalent in diet sodas, and shot up to even higher levels after
products were subjected to extremes of heat and light. According to the
documents, Cadbury-Schweppes' Diet Crush was found to contain benzene at 25
parts per billion (ppb) -- five times the acceptable EPA limit. After
exposure to 16 hours of ultraviolet light at temperatures around 30 C (86
F), that level jumped to a whopping 82 ppb. Diet Slice (made by Pepsi)
contained 1 ppb before exposure, and 41.5 ppb after exposure. Diet Minute
Maid (made by Coca-Cola) contained less than 0.5 ppb before exposure and 4.5
ppb afterwards, the documents say.
Soda has already been linked with weight gain and cavities; now the FDA admits that some popular soft drinks could contain a carcinogen. Will the fizz finally go flat?
from this link www.wisegeek.com...
In some cases, substances that are helpful to man are also carcinogenic. Chlorine is one such carcinogen. Chlorine is helpful for disinfecting water for bathing, drinking, and swimming. At the same time, its byproducts are capable of causing a range of illnesses, including lung cancer.
Leukemia can result from chemically induced changes in bone marrow from exposure to benzene
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
Take a small bowl, fill it with cola...place a small chicken bone into the cola and let sit for about 2-3 days. The bone breaksdown...yup.
Originally posted by TheComte
Yeah, with all these chemicals around in our food, water, air, all designed to kill us, it's a miracle that we are living the longest lifespans in history.
It shouldn't be possible. Maybe proof there is a god looking out for us or something like that?
Originally posted by Unity_99
The kids only get pop occasionally, but now its going to be none. Its hard to believe they actually ad ascorbic acid or vitamin c to them.
They were already bad enough, causing cancer is even worse, also, is c a really important ingredient in pop? Or is it added deliberately to make this reaction?
After more than twenty years of aspartame use, the number of its victims is rapidly piling up, and people are figuring out for themselves that aspartame is at the root of their health problems. Patients are teaching their doctors about this nutritional peril, and they are healing themselves with little to no support from traditional medicine.