Drinking sodas like Pepsi, Fanta, Sprite and Oasis could mess your DNA, seriously damaging the cells. In fact taking too much of these sodas or some fruit juices could lead to cirrhosis of liver (the state of liver after one has been alcoholic for years) or the degenerative disease of Parkinson’s.
A study says that Sodium Benzoate, known as preservative 211 could damage DNA. It is naturally found in berries and apples but probably the chemical version of it can be deadly in effects. Here is some detail on its effects.
“These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they inactivate it: they knock it out altogether,” said Professor Piper, who has been studying the effects of sodium benzoate since publishing a research paper in 1999.
“The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it, as happens in a number of diseased states, then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously. And a whole array of diseases are being tied to damage to this DNA, including Parkinson’s and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of ageing.”