Toxins in your soda

by Dr. Alan Kadish NMD

Still drinking soda, especially after the diabetes debate has clearly been decided and not in it’s favor ? Well, now you can assess another reason to cut out or down this bad habit, toxic metals.

What toxic metals in your soda ?? Admittedly the study was done in India where there is a significant intake and concern by the government. Actually, if you look at the consumption of soda we Americans consume the most per capita as of 2014. However, the amount we drinking is declining, with a drop of 0.9% in 2014 and 1.2% in 2015. So how much did we drink in 2015…..650 eight-ounce servings, per person according to industry tracker, Beverage Digest.   Yippps !!!!

The heavy metals found are , antimony , lead, chromium, and cadmium, along with the compound, DEHP also know as Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate. These toxins were found by the Indian health department study to be leaching from the plastic PET bottles. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are claimed to be safe for single use but so much for claims. You’ll know a PET bottle by looking for the triangle symbol and the number 1 on the bottom.

One of the distinguishing factors that is potentially part of the problem is when these bottles are exposed to the low PH of sodas, along with heat and the movement from transportation the toxins leach into the product.

None of which is good for your health. By now I suspect you’re asking the obvious, what about the products in the states ?  I was unable to find any American studies, but I’ll keep my eyes open and report an update as info becomes available. Keep in mind that the plastic bottles are still made of PET, here at home.

Take away: Don’t consume the sodas or at the minimum don’t purchase them in plastic bottles. There is no lack of liquid options and water is one good choice.

Concerned and want to up your health ? Call and make an appointment at the Center of Health 541.773.3191.




The All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH), based in Kolkata, recently commissioned a study that discovered five toxins in the PET soda bottles of five major brands, delivering a major blow to soda drinkers around the world.

The heavy metals, which were found in two multinational companies’ cold drinks (Pepsico and Coca-Cola), include: Antimony, Lead, Chromium, Cadmium, Compound DEHP or Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate.

India’s Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) instructed the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Heath (AIIH&PH) to perform the study, leading to the discovering of antimony, cadmium, DEHP, and chromium in Pepsi, Coca Cola, Sprite, Mountain Dew, and 7UP. Coca Cola owns Sprite, while PepsiCo owns Mountain Dew and 7UP. The sweet beverages were all packaged in polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, bottles, the toxins from which researchers found also leached into the drinks in warmer temperatures.

To collect their data, the researchers analyzed four 600 milliliter bottles of each brand. They found that a Pepsi bottle, for instance, had 0.029 milligrams per liter of antimony, 0.011 mg/L of lead, 0.002 mg/L of cadmium, 0.017 mg/L of chromium, and 0.028 mg/L of DEHP.

Yet a PepsiCo spokesperson said they were well within legal limits:

We have received no intimation nor a copy of the cited test reports and without an understanding of the methodology used, would be unable to comment on the reports. Having said that, we would like to reiterate that all our products conform to Food Safety and Standards Regulations. We would like to emphatically reiterate that our products comply with the permissible limits for heavy metals as laid down by these regulations.

The Indian Express has found what they believe to be significant holes in PepsiCo’s comments, however, saying “there are no permissible limits for heavy metals in cold drinks.” Indian government officials supposedly admitted to India’s lack of standards for “safe plastic packaging,” which are clearly implemented in many other countries.

The Indian Express also reached out to Coca Cola India for comments, but they refused to provide any, as did the PET manufacturers. Coca Cola India did send a statement via email to The Wire on Thursday evening, however:

We have not received any communication or notice from any of the concerned government departments pertaining to testing of our products and have learnt about the subject only through the said newspaper report. We would like to reiterate that all our products including those referred in this report are absolutely safe and well within the safety norms prescribed, including  those for heavy metals, by the Indian regulatory bodies . The PET packaging is safely used across the world in similar and more extreme weather conditions without any food safety issue. We will be able to comment in details once we receive the said report.

Heavy metal exposure can result in serious health issues. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that cadmium and lead are two of 10 chemicals that pose a “major public health concern,” while the other toxins in question can have unpleasant side effects.

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Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician often referred to as a "doctor detective". His expertise is the evaluation and treatment of complex disorders, typically after other physicians have been stumped, is renowned. He provides care for all family members and has additional training in autistic spectrum disorders and chronic complex diseases.