Too Much Cola Can Lead to Paralysis?Ninety-five liters a day. That's a touch over 25 gallons.
Thu, 21 May 2009 19:45:46 GMT
Forget about tooth decay and obesity, it looks like there might be an even more serious reason to cut back on your cola consumption.
A report written by Dr. Moses Elisaf scheduled to be published in the June issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice, says that drinking excessive amounts of cola (diet or regular) can cause potassium levels in the blood to plummet, which could lead to muscle problems, weakness, an irregular heartbeat, and in some cases, even paralysis.
“We are consuming more soft drinks than ever before and a number of health issues have already been identified including tooth problems, bone demineralisation and the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes” says Doctor Elisaf from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Ioannina, Greece.
According to the research review, worldwide annual consumption of soft drinks reached 552 billion liters, the equivalent of 83 liters per person, per year in 2007. That figure is expected to climb to 95 liters per day by 2012. The average American drinks about 600 cans of soda every year.
Yes, I know it's a typo, but still . . .