DETRIMENTAL IMPACTS OF TOXIC INGREDIENTS FOUND IN COLAS

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  • Raaz K Maheshwari Department of Chemistry, Sh Baldev Ram Mirdha Govt PG College, Nagaur, Rajasthan

Abstract

The pesticides-in-cola saga continues. The health ministry’s expert committee states Coke and Pepsi are safe, and has trashed the testing methodology of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the NGO that claimed to have found pesticide in colas up to 50x the proposed health limits. CSE in turn has trashed the expert committee. Despite the health ministry’s clean chit, several states continue to ban or restrict Coke and Pepsi. It‘s to be viewed the controversy as time wasted on a low-priority issue. Yes, we need better health standards but why focus on colas. The pesticides in colas come from groundwater: better water purification by the cola companies can reduce the pesticide content from minuscule to microscopic. But an indefinitely greater hazard comes from pesticides ingested by millions who drink untreated water from wells and tubewells. We need better agricultural practices to curb pesticide use, and promote pesticide that degrade quickly. Cola companies cite government surveys revealing pesticides levels 3,080x higher in milk, 69,000x higher in vegetables and 111,6000x higher in fruit than in the proposed cola standards. Nutritionists treat these items as dietary essentials, which are permitted high levels, unlike colas, which are inessential and merit microscopic pesticide levels. But if you ban colas, what will people switch to? Milk, tea, cane juice and fruit juice, all of them have more pesticides than colas. Rather focus on colas, we should highlight the dangers in traditional foods like milk, fruit and veggies. In this manuscript, adverse impacts of pesticides and other toxic ingredients found in dietary stuff are delineated precisely.

 

KEYWORDS: HFCS; BMI; Obesity; Phosphoric acid; Caffeine; Pesticides; Fructokinase; Diabetes-2; Fizzy drinks;

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Published

2013-06-30

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