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Soda Pop Resembles Vinegar

Decaying teeth

Recite this phrase to yourself every time that you reach for a Cola, or Uncola, for that matter. Most of these beverages contain phosphoric acid and have a pH below 3, similar to vinegar.  The purpose of this acid is to retard the growth of bacteria and molds, enhance flavor and, of course, help make the fizz. But would you drink vinegar, even with a fizz?

Since sugar or aspartame, plus flavorings are added to create the enticing taste of soda pop, there is an increased risk of damage to teeth as well. Would you eat a tablespoon of sugar, by itself? Some juices contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is pronounced “sugar” in my vocabulary book. You might find it interesting to research the Internet for the sugar content of your drink of choice.

Now I’m satisfied that you are equipped with two questions to ask yourself when tempted to open a can.  I also want parents who are responsible for grocery purchases to ask themselves whether soda pop is appropriate for their children.

I’d like to suggest that you reconsider orange, grapefruit, and pineapple juice as your family’s beverage of choice.  Most people don’t eat enough fruit, researchers claim, and these products make it easier to remain healthier. Combine the decreased costs for health maintenance versus illness (or tooth decay) with the savings on grocery store purchases, and it is a WIN-WIN for everyone!