As you walk through the food store, you feel happy to see can sodas on sale or cheap soda cans; however, once you realize the kind of harm that these cans can cause in your body, you will definitely stop being that happy.
We all have seen those commercials of people drinking coke cans and then feeling refreshed or whatever. But I guess we should come to the point as humans to realize that not everything that we see on commercials is true.
Yes, soda cans may be delicious, and you can enjoy it on a hot summer day as well as during winter. However, we all know that this beverage is far from being natural, and in fact, they are the complete opposite with ridiculous amounts of sugar.
Believe it or not, this is not our subject today. What we are going to talk about today is the can itself and how much harmful it might be.
#1 – E. Coli
Aluminum beverage cans were tested in the famous TV show ‘the doctors,’ which is hosted by medical experts, and the results were shocking. The soda cans were gathered from gas stations, grocery stores, and vending machines.
Although some of the cans were clean, there were some that tested positive for E. coli. Therefore, you should be aware that your favorite diet soda or coke cans may make you sick.
This type of bacteria can cause you pneumonia, diarrhea, as well as respiratory illness. So it is better that you wipe the can of soda with a disinfectant before consumption.
#2 – Bpa Blues
A chemical called BPA (bisphenol A) is a component that was common in plastic bottles. But it is not used anymore by most manufacturers since it was found to be harmful and it may lead to hormonal imbalances.
However, this ingredient is still found in some aluminum canned drinks. The shocking part is that research has shown that the bisphenol A that leaches from aluminum beverage cans may result in raising the risk of heart disease as well as increase blood pressure.
So make sure you don’t indulge yourself on these beverages and try to consume more natural alternatives.
#3 – Metallic Tongue And Rodent Activity
Aluminum can tabs and the edges of the can may actually lead to an adverse reaction to the metallic taste for people who have a sensitive palate. Therefore, it is recommended that you pour your soda cans or even your nonsoda drinks in a cup and drink them.
On the other hand, there is a possibility that your favorite soda drink has witnessed some rat activity before reaching your hands. You can never be aware of the history of the pop cans that you are holding; especially when it comes to their storage conditions. That’s why you need to make sure you clean the can before drinking it.
#4 – Pathogen Party
Soda can tabs as well the top of the cans can make you severely sick if you are not careful with them. In 2013, there were some tests run on the top of cans that were gathered from vending machines, restaurants, gas stations, and colleges.
These tests were conducted by a CBS TV station in Texas, and found the following: the cans were infected with Enterobacter cloacae as well as stenotrophomonas maltophilia ( in simpler words luteola). If this did not give you the motivation to stop drinking directly from cans, we don’t know what would.
#5 – Environmental Toll
The healthy soda pop, coca cola can, 7up can, and cream soda can prices do not match the price that mother nature pays for your consumption.
You may say that aluminum is completely recyclable and it is a sustainable resource; however, what you are not aware of is the fact that the problem is in the way we get aluminum.
When we compare the energy it takes to make one can of pop drinks with the amount of energy it takes to make a glass one, you’d realize that we exhaust about double the energy, and this is not good for the environment in the long run.
#6 – Stinging Surprise
When you drink your favorite sodas from an aluminum can, the sugar in your can drinks may attract bees, wasps, ants, and flies, among other insects. That is the reason why you should never leave a can of soda opened an unattended.
There are many types of soda lids that you can use to cover your can if you are not drinking it fully. Also, now that you know all the dangers that may arise from drinking directly from the can, we recommend that you be more careful while trying to have a refreshing soda or juice.