The Dangerous Ingredients in a Bottle of Coke

You know how they say, If it tastes good, it’s probably bad for you? Well, the bad news is that it’s true – and the effect it has on our weight is the least of our concerns.

Namely, the American Association for Cancer Research has confirmed that regular consumption of sodas increases risk of pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, a study has shown that regular intake of fizzy drinks can lead to a stroke or dementia.

But what is it about soda that is so hazardous to our health? What makes Coke so dangerous? Here’s a list of the dangerous ingredients we might find in a bottle of the world’s most beloved fizzy drink.


A caramel coloring by-product, 4-methylimidazole is labeled as a carcinogenic compound. Shockingly enough, there is no limit as to how much caramel coloring is allowed in soft drinks in the USA.

Granted, after the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences informed the public about the carcinogenicity of 4-MEI, Coca Cola has agreed to change the manufacturing process. Otherwise, they would be obliged to put a clear cancer warning on all containers.


Most of us know that benzene is a class A human carcinogen. Even the American Petroleum Institute has stated that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero. However, while the legal limit is 5 PPB of benzene per container, an average bottle of Coke contains 5.138.


Coca Cola is infamous for lining its containers with Bisphenol A, a chemical which is known to interfere with thyroid hormones. According to WHO, there’s evidence that Coke plays a part in fetal brain damage, autism, lower IQ, and ADHD in babies whose mothers drink it during pregnancy. Aside from that, long-term exposure to BPA can lead to a wide variety of neurological issues, breast and prostate cancer, malfunctions of the reproductive system, and congenital disabilities.


While it might not be dangerous for adults, imagine what 64 milligrams of caffeine would do to a child. That’s how much of it is in a single bottle of Coke. It’s no secret that caffeine causes sleep disruption, dehydration, anxiety, stomach aches, and hyperactivity in children.

Isoglucose (a.k.a. High Fructose Corn Syrup)

18 cubes of isoglucose per liter of Coke undoubtedly has health hazard spelled all over it. Regular long-term consumption of this sweetener results in obesity, increased body fat, and a rise in triglycerides. It’s a well-known fact that these factors lead to diabetes, cancer, and coronary artery disease.

What makes matters even worse, it seems that a vast number of commercial high fructose corn syrups contain high levels of mercury.

Sodium Benzoate

Although a common preservative in foods and beverages, sodium benzoate is an artificial additive that researchers suspect of having direct links to obesity.

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