What is in Pop

What is in pop
Soda pop is an oft consumed beverage throughout the world.

What is in Pop or Soda Pop is information that everyone should know before they consider opening another bottle or can of it.

I stopped drinking soda pop some 25 years ago once I learned what was in it, and what the ingredients did to my body.

I have had maybe 3 cans of soda pop in those 25 years, and it was only because there was nothing else around to wash my food down with.

My body immediately revolted after I drank it, it made me feel like warmed over dung, and I realized then  that it was a big mistake, even though it was only once in a blue moon.

Once the body is healthy from being fed real food, it quickly lets you know that unhealthy so called food is no longer permitted.

And what about diet pop? Is it any better or healthier since it is diet? Unfortunately, diet pop may be worse for you than regular pop. And you are about to discover that regular soda is anything but good for you.

In fact, it may be the single most unhealthy thing that we put in our bodies. And many of us drink soda pop on a very regular basis.

To prove this point, have you ever seen someone pour a can of pop on the terminals of a corroded battery in a car? The soda does a nice job of breaking up the corrosion, so that the connection between the battery terminals and the battery have a solid, smooth metal to metal join.

If soda pop can do this to built up battery acid corrosion on a car’s battery, imagine what it does to the inside of your body.

It is interesting that there are different names for soda, soda pop, pop, soft drinks, and coke. What this drink is called mostly depends on where you are in the US, and for that matter, the world.

Where I grew up in the midwest we called it soda or the generic name for soda, coke. When I lived in Wyoming it is called pop by the locals there, at least in the area that I lived.

In California, there is a mixed bag. I have heard it called soda pop, soda, and pop, even the Spanish name of soda  el refresco, and la gaseosa in southern California.

Soft drinks is a term that I heard at the movies for the first time, and many times after that.  At the drive-in movies to be exact.  Yes, I go back that far.

In a recent survey, nearly half of Americans polled said that they drank soda every day.  The average intake was 2 1/2 glasses of soda pop a day.

I will describe what is in pop. I will also tell you which ingredients are harmful to you and why. I will also provide some healthy alternative drinks to the extraordinarily unhealthy typical soda pop that you may have been drinking your entire life.

What is in Pop?

What is in pop
What is in pop is usually very unhealthy.

There are many different brands, and types of soda pop. There will be some variances of ingredients depending on the brand of soda you have.

Read the label to verify what the ingredients for that particular brand of soda are.  The conventional brands of soda pop still have much these same ingredients, as do many other brands.

Refined Sugar  Standard soda pop contains a large amount of refined sugar also known as sucrose, to provide sweetness. which by the way, is one of the most unhealthy substances you can subject your body to.

Prolonged use can cause diabetes, obesity, can feed cancer or accelerate cancer. Don’t forget about tooth decay, heart disease, and liver damage, not necessarily in that order.

High Fructose Corn Syrup  Taken from corn, it is a concentrated type of sugar. Soda is also sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, in addition to refined sugar. Usually one or the other, sucrose, or high fructose corn syrup is the soda maker’s sweetener of choice.

Soft drink companies often use high fructose corn syrup instead of refined sugar based on lower costs, ease of use, and lasts longer, or has an extensive shelf life.

High fructose corn syrup can cause obesity, and in turn cause metabolic syndrome which encompasses high blood pressure, and increased triglyceride levels, as well as lower HDL levels, and higher LDL cholesterol levels.

As a result of this, cardiovascular health issues can occur such as heart disease, heart attacks, and  stroke. If that wasn’t enough, your risk of Type 2 diabetes goes way up.

Phosphoric Acid  This nasty substance is a staple in most regular sodas. Phosphoric acid leaches the vital mineral calcium from your bones. This of course can lead to bone issues like osteoporosis.

What is in pop
Phosphoric acid can also cause kidney stones.

It also greatly increases your risk of developing kidney stones, and over time can lead to other serious health problems, such as endometriosis in women. Can also cause stomach issues such as gas, bloating, and indigestion.

Caffeine  Caffeine is a diuretic which may bring on dehydration which can cause stomach, and digestive problems.

Caffeine can also flog your adrenal glands, cause anxiety, and panic attacks, prevent sleep, constrict blood vessels, trigger migraine headaches, cause nervousness or jitters, and increase heart rate.

Aspartame  An artificial sweetener found mostly in diet soft drinks. Aspartame is an excitotoxin that can excite nerve cells, and brain cells to death.

Citric Acid  Another harmful substance found in sodas, citric acid can destroy the outer layer or enamel of your teeth, thus making them more prone to cavities, and to tooth decay.

Sodium Benzoate  Also called E211, it is used as preservative in soda pop, in addition to other processed foods in order to prevent molding.

This sodium benzoate or E211 can cause significant cell damage and may also speed cell aging. Consistent drinking of sodas may instigate metabolic disease creation by way of increased cell aging. Additional common side effects of E211 are  dizziness, headaches, hyperactivity, and sleep disorders.

Colorings and Dyes  Artificial caramel coloring provides cola with it’s classic brown color. Artificial dyes like the yellow dye tartrazine are utilized in many light lemon colored sodas.

Both of these unnatural ingredients have a carcinogenic aspect which means it increases your risk of developing cancer.  Tartrazine also has the unpleasant attribute of worsening symptoms of asthma, as well as increasing the incidence of asthma attacks.

Natural Flavors  This purposely deceiving term is used in sodas and other processed foods. It can be a cover for MSG, or monosodium glutamate which is a flavor enhancer. MSG is also an excitotoxin that can excite nerve cells, and brain cells to death.

Other health issues caused by drinking soft drinks include but are not limited to, altered brain protein levels, asthma and skin allergies, premature birth in pregnant women, increased risk of developing Alzheimers Disease, and can cause violent behavior. Pop also depletes the system of other important minerals besides calcium like zinc, and magnesium.

Healthier Alternative Drinks to Soda Pop

What is in pop
Filtered water is a healthy alternative to soda pop.

There are other drinks on the market that are also unhealthy. I strongly suggest that you read the label on any drink you are considering buying.

If you see any of these previously listed ingredients, you may want to look for a healthier alternative.

Some of the healthier alternatives to soft drinks are:

Water  The fact is that most people are dehydrated, which means they are lacking in adequate water.  One of the reasons for this is drinking caffeinated sodas, caffeinated coffee,  and other diuretic processed foods and drinks.

One of the complaints I hear from people when told they should drink more water is that it has a bland taste, no flavor. This may be the case initially when someone gives up drinking pop, and other unhealthy drinks, but as the body adjusts to a more healthy state, you will crave water, and you will find that it goes down just fine.

Adding a bit of fruit to your filtered water will improve the taste, and add some healthy benefits.

Of course, tap water should be avoided as it contains many impurities that can negatively affect your health.  Filtered tap water, on the other hand, can provide an acceptable source of drinking water.  There are many different types of water filters on the market.

The prices among these filters can vary widely, but many are affordable, and when you compare the cost to what you spend on sodas and other unhealthy drinks, there may even be a savings for you.

These water filters include charcoal filters or activated charcoal filters, reverse osmosis filters, infrared filters, UV filters, and distillation filters. In addition, there are many good bottled water alternatives.

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Soda water or seltzer can provide the carbonation of soda, and has more flavor than plain water in most cases. Be sure though that it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, as there are many of these drinks on the market.

Bottled water is far better than drinking pop or unfiltered tap water in most cases, but if bottled in plastic, it is not ideal due to potential impurities in the plastic that could leach into the water, as well as possible harm that could be caused to the environment from the plastic waste.

Juices and Smoothies  Beware of store bought juices, and smoothie type drinks. Always read the ingredient label to be sure that you are not being tricked into thinking you are buying something healthy, when in fact you are not.

The best way to ensure that your juice or smoothie drink will be 100% healthy is to make it yourself. Purchase a good blender, mixer, or juicer, and buy raw, organic produce from your trusted organic source and simply make your own.

To lower your costs, and to make it last, you can dilute it by adding some filtered water to your drink. Keep in mind too that you will with time likely be eating less, so you will save money in the long run.

You can try different combinations of organic fruits, and vegetables to make delicious, very healthy juices and smoothies. As a result of consuming these extra healthy drinks you may also find that you have more energy, have fewer aches and pains, are sleeping better, and are losing weight.

Teas Teas can be taken cold or hot. In most cases teas do not contain unhealthy additives, colorings, and preservatives. Again, check with your source, and read any labels to be sure.

It is also important to be sure that the water you are using to make your tea is not tap water.  There are many flavorful herbs out there that make great teas that also can give your health a boost.

Use filtered water to make your teas. Teas are also a great solution if you have a hard time with the taste or lack of taste of water.  Teas also provide many significant health benefits, and are normally quite affordable

Natural Sodas If you like the taste and feel of soda, and the carbonation that sodas provide, you may want to look into natural sodas.

These are soft drinks that use only natural ingredients, and have no unhealthy additives, chemicals, flavors, colorings, or preservatives. Of course, read the label, and any other provided information to be sure it is indeed healthy.

Take Charge of Your Health

What is in pop
Becoming healthy and reaping the benefits is simply a matter of you taking charge of your health.

Drinking most sodas is not a lot different from smoking cigarettes as far as your health is concerned. We now know that most ingredients in conventional soda pop is unhealthy, and potentially extremely unhealthy.

Some of the unhealthy ingredients are: refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid, caffeine, aspartame, citric acid, sodium benzoate, colorings, dyes, preservatives, and natural flavors.

These ingredients in soda pop can cause or lead to serious health issues such as: heart disease, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, sleep disorders, Alzheimers Disease, kidney disease, migraine headache, cancer, and others.

Some healthy alternatives to drinking soft drinks are: filtered water, bottled water, seltzer water, juices, smoothies, herbal teas, and natural sodas among others.

By making some simple changes to your diet such as eliminating soda pop, and replacing it with healthy alternatives, you can drastically affect the way you feel, help fend off health issues, have more energy, enjoy better sleep, and even lose some weight.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions below. Please also feel free to share on social media. Thank you for reading, What is in Pop.

To your health,


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4 thoughts on “What is in Pop”

  1. You gave some awesome reasons why we should all stay far away from Soda. As a child and young adult I drank plenty of soda. I also used it many of times on my car batteries as a kid growing up in Arkansas.

    I remember when I first stopped drinking soda I felt terrible and craved for it. But, as I drank more and more water I became so much healthier, started exercising, watching the foods I put in my body and I felt a hundred times better.

    You have given us all the reasons to take heed to drinking such a deadly drink. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Nate, thank you for your comments. Your experience with soda closely parallels mine. Good for you that you were able to stop drinking soda, and drink water instead. Congrats on creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself. All the best, Tom

  2. Wow, I am not a soda drinker and I know it’s bad for you but you have described all the ingredients so well, I didn’t know it was that bad. My husband was using coke to unclog the sink drain. that’s the only time I am using coke.

    Great article.

    1. Hi Maryse, thank you for your comments. At least Coke is good for something. Glad that you liked the article. Tom

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