Should soda be banned in all schools?
Lets reframe the question, “should we ban fountain machines dispensing destruction?”
Jarod Kintz $3.33 asks a question for your life “if there was a fountain machine that dispensed destruction instead of soda, would you grab an extra-large cup?” interesting.
Yet that is precisely what soda is all about. Look at this guy who feels his body needs a boost, he reaches into his pocket, finds a dollar slides into the machine and a con rolls out, he opens the can and guzzles. He feels his energy return he has had his fix for the rest of the morning. The child is only 12yr. Old and his drug is a soft drink, that he has bought from vending machine in his school, never mind the special classes sponsored by his school to warn him about drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
The soda consumption has tripled for the boys and doubled for the girls and accounts for the 10% of the caloric intake. This is not a random occurring coco-cola has a target of 25% annually and the target group kids are the target group as adult market is saturated. Schools have deals with soft drink companies.
AMA has issued warnings on the danger of soft drink consumptions as early as 1942. It was 1998 the first public outcry came about.
Lets look at the ingredients in a soft drink.
- high fructose corn syrup animals exhibit poor development collagen during growth period. There was also a context to copper deficiency. Animals also exhibited liver problems similar to alcoholics.
- Aspartame used in diet sodas, is a potent neurotoxins and endocrine disruptor. Caffine stimulates the adrenal glands with nourishment causing adrenal exhaustion particularly in children.
- Phosphoric acid that gives the soft drink that bite causes calcium loss.
- Citric acid contains traces of MSG a neurotoxin.
- Water could contain high amounts of fluoride and other contaminants.
Gastro intestinal distress is another is another soda induced problem. This occurs because there is increased acid level in the stomach the result could be erosion of the stomach lining. Another problem with soda’s they act like dehydrating diuretics like tea, coffee and alcohol inhibiting proper digestive.
Bone fractures and osteoporosis has been linked to soft drink consumption in a study in 1994 in the Journal of adolescent health. This could be that increased consumption of soda has resulted in decreased consumption of milk.
Tooth rot or loss of enamel resulting in yellow teeth is a dental condition which we saw only in elderly patients until the increase in soft drinks. If the bone has to loose calcium, enamel loss has to occur before that. This is because the slightly alkaline nature of the salivary pH is lowered by the acid in the soda.
In india in the yer 2003 a non-profit organization called centre for science and environment, found pesticide levels in coke and Pepsi 30 times more that what is considered safe by the European Economic commission. This report lead to banning of the sale of soft drinks at schools in many states since august 2006 this was unfortunately struck down at the courts.
To quote Chris Rock, “actually ,i think all addictions start with the soda. Every junkie did soda first. But no one counts that. Maybe they should. The soda connection is clear. Why sin’t a presidential commission looking into this? Or at least some guys from National carbonation council.”
The soda industry has fought back saying that there is a positive relation ship between soft drink consumption and exercises, this only means that children participating in sports drank more sodas.