Those convenient plastic bottles that hold many of your favorite soft drinks could be poisoning your body with heavy metals, research out of India has found. India’s Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), a division of its government Health Ministry, recently uncovered the presence of toxins like antimony, lead, chromium, cadmium, and Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in the plastic of soft drink containers.

Many of these metals, especially lead and cadmium, are classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being a “major public health concern.” Lead and cadmium are both known to be carcinogenic, and are linked to causing brain damage and other neurological impairment, not to mention an array of birth defects and reproductive harm in those exposed… definitely not good for pregnant women who want to give birth to a healthy child.

According to reports, the plastic bottles used to hold popular soft drinks like those manufactured by popular brands — as well as thousands of other beverage brands, including those marketed as being “healthy” — are loaded with chemicals that leach into the liquid inside. Whether due to heat, cold, or simple chemical reactions, these noxious substances end up in people’s bodies where they can cause chronic harm.

It was big news back in 2009 that soft drinks containing high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are often contaminated with mercury. As reported by The Washington Post and others, the process by which most HFCS is made involves exposing the syrupy sweetening substance to the toxic metal, which is especially harmful to developing children, many of whom chug down soda-pop on a routine basis.

Now, it’s clear that soft drinks are a threat in another major way due to other hidden heavy metals that are either coming out of the plastic bottles or somehow making their way into the fizzy beverages during manufacturing. In either case, soft drinks are proving to be a death sentence in the long-term, and possibly even in the short-term depending on how much of it people consume.

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