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Soda’s Nutrition. Laura T. Jasmine B. Esther P. Period 3. Things You Didn’t know about Soda. Statistic: The average consumer drank 54.2 gallons of soda in 2002 (578 cans)

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Soda s nutrition

Soda’s Nutrition

Laura T.

Jasmine B.

Esther P.

Period 3

Things you didn t know about soda
Things You Didn’t know about Soda

  • Statistic: The average consumer drank 54.2 gallons of soda in 2002 (578 cans)

  • Soft drinks do not have any nutritional value (in terms of vitamins and minerals). They have higher sugar content, higher acidity, and more additives such as preservatives and colorings.

Caffeine a central nervous system stimulant
Caffeine: A central nervous system stimulant

  • Increases alertness

  • Reduces fine motor coordination

  • Causes insomnia, headaches, nervousness, and dizziness

  • Can be lethal if 10g or more is taken in

  • Takes about 6 hours for ½ caffeine to be eliminated from system

Caffeine cont
Caffeine (…cont)

  • Children who consume too much caffeine are more fidgety, nervous, and irritable

  • Adults often observe headaches and nausea

  • A 12 oz. can has from 30-70 mg of caffeine and the normal amount adult is anywhere from 50 to 200 mg daily


  • A soda is made up of, on average, 50% sugars

  • Cola has about 10 teaspoons of sugar per can and orange soda has about 13 tsp. out of the 29 teaspoons the average kid should have per day

  • A simple sugar fact: in 1821 the average person at 10 lbs. a year in the 70’s it was 100 lbs.

Sip all day get decay
Sip all DayGet decay!

Diet soda
Diet Soda

  • 1969 Sweeteners such as saccharin and cyclamate found to be carcinogenic and banned in U.S

  • 1983 announcement of new chemical sweetener- aspartame/ Nutrasweet

  • 200 times sweeter than sugar

Diet soda cont
Diet Soda (…cont)

  • Possible side effects of aspartame-sweetened products

  • 92 documented symptoms of aspartame, from coma to death

  • Aspartame consumption may cause:

    • Fibromyalgia, spasm, shooting pains, numbness of legs, cramps, veritgo, seizures, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision and memory loss

Diet soda cont1
Diet Soda (…cont)

  • When temperature of sweetener exceeds 86° F, the wood alcohol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde

  • Formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.


  • Carbonation is carbon dioxide that has been dissolved in water

  • CO2 + H2O → H2CO3

    (carbon dioxide + water → carbonic acid)

  • The carbonic acid (present in small amounts) increases the acidity of the pop

Carbonation cont
Carbonation (…cont)

  • Carbonation in soda, diet or regular, along with sugars and acids in the drink, is very bad for the teeth. It can cause breakdown of the tooth structure.

  • Carbonation in soda pop and other beverages can dehydrate your body to the point of ill performance


  • Common acids in Soda: lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, phosphoric acid

    • Phosphoric acid is shown for depleting bones of calcium

  • Acids in soda pop are notorious for etching tooth enamel in ways that can lead to cavities

  • Acids have a high pH level: Almost no soda is higher than 3.0


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