A popular ingredient in soft drinks, sodium benzoate, has already been determined to be carcinogenic when combined with a Vitamin C additive. Sodium benzoate has now been found to inactivate a yeast cell’s mitochondrial DNA, potentially leading to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. Human and yeast cells contain mitochondria.
According to The Independent, Professor Piper of Sheffield University, the conductor of the experiment, believes that parents and consumers should be cautious of all food and drink with preservatives and additives as the long term effects of most are unknown. Several food additives have already been linked to behavior problems in children.
As noted in a previous entry, sodas also contain phosphoric acid, an ingredient in household cleaners, that approaches the acidity of battery acid and “dissolves away your skeletal system.”