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Pepsi’s New Cinnamon-Flavored Soda Sounds Awful (Photos)


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Pepsi, you need to sit down and think long and hard about what you’ve done.

The soda company has seen better days, to be honest, and in a bizarre new move it has released a brand new flavor called, simply, “Fire.”

The “Fire” flavor supposedly features a cinnamon profile, and is available exclusively in Slurpee form at select Michigan 7-11 stores, according to Grub Street.

Unsurprisingly, fans of Slurpees and Pepsi alike aren’t having any of this nonsense.

“In the wild. 4 thumbs down. I still have high hopes for the can,” one dismayed Instagram user wrote.

“Gross,” said another.

Gross. #toolit #pepsifire

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Yet another customer had a suggestion: Why not take the “Fire” aspect of this disappointing new flavor, and actually add an alcoholic component to it, such as Fireball Whiskey?

“I’m not saying Fireball would go great with this… But I’m also not saying it wouldn’t,” they commented.

Here’s the thing though; there is apparently a prototype can of the Fire flavor, which means that this might actually turn into a real live new Pepsi soda pop, instead of just remaining in 7-11 Slurpee machines.

What do you think of the new flavor? Will you try it or are you content to leave Pepsi and all of its baffling creations to Kendall Jenner?

Source: Grub Street / Photo Credit: Pexels

Tags: cinnamon, fire, pepsi, slurpee, soda
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Would You Try Pickle Juice Soda? (Photo)


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Are you the kind of person who eats a jar of pickles then drinks the juice? If I didn’t know that Pickle Juice Soda was a thing, I’d think that no one does that … but I’d be wrong. Clearly some people enjoy drinking pickle juice, or this just simply wouldn’t sell.

Popsugar reports that the new Pickle Juice Soda comes from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, which has locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio. It’s made with pure cane sugar, but if I were to guess, I’d say it’s probably more sour than sweet. The new drink was announced via Grandpa Joe’s Facebook in a message that reads, “If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this is gonna be a really big dill. Pickle Juice Soda Pop is here!”

Social media is buzzing with mixed emotions over this weird new hybrid, and I can’t honestly disagree with the good or bad opinions, mostly because I can’t make up my own mind whether this is, in fact, an atrocity or whether it’s brilliant. Are there health-boosting qualities? Is there a reason we’d want to drink Pickle Juice Soda? These are things I’d need to know to make an educated decision as to whether or not this is an “OK” thing.

Here’s what some of the people on social media had to say …

The soda sells in the shop for $2.50, but you can also get it online for a whopping $10. If you’re going to take it that far, you might as well get a three-pack, and make your friends try it too. The three-pack is $20, and the six-pack is $30. I guess that’s when you really start seeing some savings. Nothing wrong with forcing your whole family to try it with you, right?

What are your thoughts? Would you try this soda, or do you also feel that it’s an atrocity?

Source: Popsugar / Photo Credit: Pixabay

Tags: Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, Pickle Juice Soda, pickles, soda
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Bad News For Those Who Only Drink Diet Soda


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We’ve heard about how bad sugary drinks can be for us, but there’s not always a ton of news about what happens if you drink too much diet soda. Sure, we know artificial sweeteners aren’t great for you, but I don’t think many of us suspected the full extent of potential damage caused by diet sodas overall.

There are a couple of different views on a study that’s been released by the American Heart Association claiming that chronic diet soda drinking can lead to stroke and/or dementia. One view, obviously, is just that. It’s based on a study carried out by the AHA’s scientific journal, Stroke.

More than 4,000 subjects were examined over the course of 10 years for their consumption of both sugary and non-sugary beverages. One might think that the greater health risks would be associated with the high-sugar diets, but that would be wrong. The risk of stroke and dementia proved to increase in those who drank beverages using artificial sweeteners versus those who drank regular sugary beverages.

The second view is that of the American Beverage Association, who was understandably unhappy with this study. The ABA released the following statement:

“Low-calorie sweeteners have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities as well as hundreds of scientific studies and there is nothing in this research that counters this well-established fact. The FDA, World Health Organization, European Food Safety Authority and others have extensively reviewed low-calorie sweeteners and have all reached the same conclusion — they are safe for consumption.

While we respect the mission of these organizations to help prevent conditions like stroke and dementia, the authors of this study acknowledge that their conclusions do not — and cannot — prove cause and effect. And according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many risk factors can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing stroke and dementia including age, hypertension, diabetes and genetics. NIH does not mention zero calorie sweeteners as a risk factor.”

It’s true that a cause and effect was not clearly established, and that all of the test subjects were over the age of 45, which means that in 10 years, there could have been plenty of other factors that led to stroke or dementia. What’s certain though, is that more research into this claim wouldn’t hurt.

Sources: Stroke, American Beverage Association / Photo Credit: Amy/Flickr

Tags: Artificial Sweetener, Diet Soda, Food News, soda, Sugar
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Find Out How To Make A Soda Fountain At Home! (Video)


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Sometimes it’s just fun to get creative, even if it’s not completely necessary. This is one of those times.

The Q YouTube channel posted a video that shows how to put together your own homemade soda machine. This would be especially useful and fun for parties, cookouts and other events where there might be lots of kids running around. It would save the mess, and it would be fun for them to use. That’s not to mention how awesome you’d feel being able to brag about your newly found engineering skills.

It may look a little complicated, but nothing you couldn’t do with a little time and elbow grease. Think of all those times the soda bottle was dropped or otherwise spilled when someone was pouring a drink. No more wasted soda! Check out the actual video to see how to make your own soda machine with cardboard, a 9-volt battery, tubes and wires, a button (for using the machine, duh) and an air pump … thing.

Like I said, it’s a little complicated at first, but I’m sure you’d get the hang of it. Otherwise, it’s also just pretty awesome to watch. Using cardboard like that can allow you to decorate as the occasion determines. Cute little sprinkles and stars for a birthday party? Sure! Pictures of hamburgers and hot dogs for a barbecue? Why not! Adorable.

The process itself starts with someone clumsily pouring orange Fanta all over the counter with his own hand. While this part looks sort of ridiculous, we get the point. Soda is easily spilled when pouring. Maybe not so much by adults … but we get it.

The next step is to take a DC 6V mini air pump motor and snip and trim a wire to thread through one end of it, then twist and secure that sucker.  Do this with three little air pumps and then attach the wire to your button/switches. Take another wire and attach it onto the air pumps and connect them to each other, then a 9V battery for power.

Drill two holes into each of your soda caps. Tubes will go through these holes, one from the new soda pump you built, and the other will lead into your glass. This way, when you push the button, soda will flow out of the tube. Then make your box and you’re done! Try it out and see if you can get it to work too!

Source: The Q YouTube Channel / Photo Credit: Andrea Donahue/Instagram

Tags: Coca-Cola, DIY, soda, Soda Fountain
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Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Has Slashed Sales In Half


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Some cities are proposing heavy sales taxes on sugary soda beverages, and Philadelphia’s soda sales are seeing a huge cut in profits after implementation.

The tax was implemented in Philadelphia and in other select cities January of 2017, despite outrage from an already declining soda industry. Some said that the tax went against the constitution in that it “violates the Pennsylvania constitutional requirement of uniformity of taxation and because local government doesn’t have the power to impose a sales tax when the Pennsylvania legislature has already imposed a sales tax.”

In addition, 58 percent of Philadelphia voters were reportedly against implementation of the tax in the first place. However, Philadelphia moved forward with it, and the results for the soda company have probably been just as devastating as they had initially imagined.

Bloomberg Markets reports that although the tax is only 6 weeks old, the sales of soda beverages have dropped as much as 50 percent. One of Philadelphia’s local distributors of Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Sunkist, A&W Root Beer, Arizona Iced Tea and Vita Coco reported a drop of 45 percent when compared to sales from the first five weeks of 2016.

Jeff Brown, CEO of Philadelphia-based Brown’s Super Stores, expressed that “In 30 years of business, there’s never been a circumstance in which we’ve ever had a sales decline of any significant amount. I would describe the impact as nothing less than devastating.”

The tax amounts to 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened beverages, which almost doubles the cost of 12 packs of soda and two-liter bottles. While the soda industry continues to take these kinds of hits, other cities are following suit on the tax, which is said to be going toward public schools. Some of those cities include: San Francisco and Oakland, California, Boulder, Colorado, and Cook County, Illinois (where Chicago is located).

If soda sales tanked that much in only six weeks in Philadelphia, there’s no telling the damage these companies could take if more and more cities continue to impose this tax. What will it mean for the future of soda? Perhaps the industry will have to come up with something healthy and new.

Source: Bloomberg Markets / Photo Credit: Italian Sandwich Deli/Instagram

Tags: Philadelphia, soda, Soda tax, Sugary Beverages
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Sprite’s New Cherry Flavor Sounds So Refreshing


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This sounds refreshing and delicious!

Fans of Sprite, rejoice, because your favorite carbonated beverage just got a new flavor upgrade!

Coca-Cola has added a new Sprite Cherry as well as a new Sprite Cherry Zero to its soda-pop line.

We have always loved the taste of cherries paired with lemon-lime, so this seems like a total win for us, and also a sure fan favorite.

“It was a huge ‘a-ha’ moment for us,” Bobby Oliver, director, Sprite and citrus brands, Coca-Cola North America, said in a press release. “The fact that cherry was the number-one Sprite flavor mix on Coca-Cola Freestyle inspired us to create an all-new, delicious product for fans in a convenient, on-the-go bottle.”

If you live in North America, you can pick up the two new flavors (the only difference between them is that Sprite Cherry Zero has no calories) nationwide in 20-ounce PET bottles.

“Because of its light, clean taste, it provides a great base for customization,” Oliver said of Sprite’s natural appeal. “Our innovation strategy has focused on staying true to the brand’s core heritage while adding refreshing twists.”

The two new additions are not limited time offerings, either, so don’t worry about rushing out to the store to taste them before they’re gone — they’re set to remain permanently in the Sprite flavor family.

“This growth is being driven by our fans who love the product, the brand and everything Sprite stands for,” Oliver concluded. “We’re very excited about the business momentum Sprite has generated over the last few years, and we believe Sprite Cherry and Sprite Cherry Zero will help us keep the brand fresh and continue on this path.”

Source: Coca Cola Company / Photo Credit: Coca Cola Company

Tags: soda, soda flavors, sprite, sprite cherry, sprite cherry zero
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Should Food Stamps Be Used For Ice Cream?


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There’s a lot of controversy over pretty much every government movement and idea right now, and one of those controversial ideas deals with what you can buy using food stamps.

According to KCPQ, Tennessee Republican Rep. Sheila Butt has proposed a bill in which foods with no nutritional value, such as soda, ice cream, candy, cookies and cake, would no longer be covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Furthermore, this bill would require Tennessee’s Department of Human Services to help compile a list of which food items, specifically, should be banned. The USDA would be consulted in coming up with this proposed list.

This new bill would likely affect about 1 million people in Tennessee who depend on SNAP. WTVC reports that if the bill is passed and becomes law, it will take effect in July. The news station asked some members of the Tennessee community how they’d feel about such a change, and in return they received mixed reviews.

One citizen said: “Milk and food items [are] fine. That’s what they’re for. Just to sustain life. All this other stuff is extra stuff.”

Another citizen expressed that, while it’s a healthy decision, many people will probably dislike being told what they can and cannot eat.

SNAP already has some requirements for what is and isn’t allowed under coverage, but the program isn’t too strict. Currently, SNAP recipients can use their benefits to buy anything that is considered a “home food” item, , including soda and cake, according to the USDA. Recipients, however, cannot buy hot food items from store delis or bakeries.

Whether the proposed bill is a fair change, I can’t imagine that it should cause too much uproar. Of course, no one wants to be told what they can and cannot eat, but the program still covers the essentials, and that’s really what it’s there to do. It seems to me like a tough-love rule, which is okay in my book.

Sources: KCPQ, WTVC, USDA / Photo Credit: Edy's Ice Cream/Instagram

Tags: Food Stamps, ice cream, Junk Foods, SNAP, soda, Tennessee
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Teens Are Drinking So Much Soda, They Could Bathe In It


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It’s no secret that America has a sugar problem — it’s a sneaky ingredient that seems to pop up in all of our foods, drinks and snacks. But did you know England does too?

Particularly, a 2015 national diet survey found that children of all ages were drinking way too much sugar; and a Cancer Research UK study corroborates this after claiming that U.K. teenagers actually drink 234 cans of soda every single year.

Did you know that’s enough sugary drink to fill up a bathtub? Yeah — U.K. teens could literally bathe in soda.

Per BBC, about four teaspoons of sugar per day is actually the cap on how much a five-year-old should consume, while 10-year-olds can get away with about five teaspoons; after that six teaspoons is the upper limit for teenagers and adults.

Just for some context, one can of your standard soda actually contains nine teaspoons of sugar, which means it has already exceeded an adult’s suggested sugar limit by a full three teaspoons.

Per BBC, the survey data states:

  1. Pre-school children drink the equivalent of nearly 70 cans of fizzy cola
  2. Children aged four to 10 drink the equivalent of 110 cans a year (nearly half a bathtub)
  3. Teenagers drink more than the equivalent of 234 cans each a year (a bathtub):

In March 2016, the government decided to try to take action against this staggering statistic, and promised to impose a tax on sugary drinks in England. The tax was proposed for $645 million, and would make soft drink companies cough up some cash for their sugary beverages if they contained one teaspoon or more per every 3.4 fluid ounces. 

As Alison Cox, the director of prevention at Cancer Research UK, told Telegraph: “It’s shocking that teenagers are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub of sugary drinks a year.

“We urgently need to stop this happening and the good news is that the Government’s sugar tax will play a crucial role in helping to curb this [behavior]. The ripple effect of a small tax on sugary drinks is enormous, and it will give soft drinks companies a clear incentive to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks.

“When coupled with the Government’s plan to reduce sugar in processed food, we could really see an improvement to our diets.

“But the Government can do more to give the next generation a better chance, by closing the loophole on junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed. The UK has an epidemic on its hands, and needs to act now.”

Sources: Telegraph, BBC / Photo Credit: Coca-Cola/Facebook

Tags: healthy beverages, soda, sugar limit, sugary drinks, tax
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The Soda Tax Measure Passes In Four U.S. Cities


By Cooking Panda

While most of the nation is focused on the results of the presidential election, it is important to remember that countless other measures were voted on November 8 too, and among them was the soda tax measure.

Essentially, voters in Boulder, Colorado, and in the Bay Area cities of Albany, Oakland and San Francisco, passed a tax on soda and sugary drinks; additionally, four out of five states (California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada) passed measures that strive toward the legalization of recreational cannabis.

The soda tax measure in particular, per Food Navigator, received overwhelming support, with 71 percent of voters in Albany backing Measure 01, while San Francisco’s Proposition V received 62 percent of the vote and Oakland’s Measure HH passing with 61 percent.

Those are not numbers to shrug at! 54.7 percent of voters in Boulder supported Ballot Issue 2H, and the four cities now join Berkeley and Philadelphia as being the U.S. cities that have passed a soda tax measure.

Supporters of the measure have long been arguing that the levy would help to reduce health problems that have gripped America, such as obesity; critics of the measure counter by arguing that lower-income families are hurt by taxes such as these, and that the measures are regressive.

Here’s what the American Beverage Association (ABA) had to say in a post on its website: “The beverage industry has a long tradition of collaboration with our leaders on meaningful solutions to societal challenges. With the 2016 election behind us, we look forward to continuing to work with elected officials and policymakers across the country to bring about positive change.

“More than ten years ago, we launched our School Beverage Guidelines and made a voluntary commitment to remove full-calorie soft drinks from schools. This effort has reduced beverage calories shipped to schools by 90 percent and successfully changed the beverage landscape in schools across the country.

“In 2010 we launched our Clear on Calories Initiative to bring consumers the clear calorie information they need to make the decisions that fit their lifestyles. This includes placing labels on every can, bottle and pack we produce. We want our consumers to have clear, fact-based information at their fingertips so they can make the choice that’s best for them and their families.

“Our most recent initiative is the most ambitious voluntary effort by an industry to help fight obesity. The Balance Calories Initiative, a partnership between The Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper, PepsiCo and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is aimed to reduce calories and sugar from beverages. In order to reach our goal of cutting beverage calories in the American diet by 20 percent by 2025, America’s beverage companies are using their marketing muscle, product innovation, distribution strength and education to drive consumer behavior changes and help improve America’s health.”

Sources: Food Navigator, ABA / Photo Credit: The Science of Eating

Tags: election results, legalized cannabis, soda, Sugar, tax
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Could Ginger Coca-Cola Be The Next Big Drink?


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With health crazes being all the rage in 2016, Coca-Cola is trying to keep up by introducing new flavors. The first they are working with is Coca-Cola Ginger, and it’s currently available in Australia.

Australians are apparently crazy for ginger, and CNBC reports that this new drink has launched just in time for their summer season. Ginger and Coca-Cola fans alike tried the new flavor, and seem to feel like it lacks the pizazz they were hoping for. Really, they just felt there wasn’t quite enough ginger.

The staff at news.com.au, the country’s biggest news site, judged the flavor to be lacking. “There’s a subtle gingery scent and aftertaste, but if you’re going to do ginger, you have to commit,” one of them said.

Ginger drink popularity is on the rise in Australia, and Coca-Cola South Pacific reports a 6% increase. However, fizzy beverages are dropping in sales in general while people grow more health-conscious. What does this mean for Coca-Cola? Well, put simply, it means more testing.

Australian bottler Coca-Cola Amatil has announced there will be a “pipeline of new flavors for Coca-Cola” coming our way. This shows the company’s ability to try and move forward with the times, since soda sales are dropping.

Business Insider reports that in the United States alone, the total volume of soda consumed has dropped 1.2% since 2015, compared to 0.9% in 2014. When broken down, Coca-Cola consumption dropped 1% in volume, and Pepsi lost 3.2% of that volume.

People are simply consuming less soda in an effort to decrease sugar intake, and quite honestly, diet soda doesn’t have the greatest reputation for being health-conscious either. One thing we already know is that both Pepsi and Coke sell products other than soda, so this decline won’t necessarily be too much cause for concern.

However, it’s important that both companies work to keep innovating. Keeping up with the times and today’s health trends will be vital to their success. Adding a ginger cola is just a first step in (hopefully) the right direction. Surely, soon, we’ll be enjoying many new and healthy Coke products.

Sources: CNBC, News.com.auBusiness Insider / Photo credit: Coca-Cola South Pacific via CNBC

Tags: Coca-Cola, Ginger Soda, Healthy Drinks, soda
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Water Bottles Are About To Outsell Soda, And Here’s The Depressing Reason Why


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Welp. I guess all it took was a dose of crumbling infrastructure for us finally to make the transition to consuming more water.

According to Bloomberg, the biggest bottled-water companies are reporting that bottled water will be more popular than soda for the first time in the United States this year. Why? Because everybody’s concerned over the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.

For anybody who doesn’t know, in April 2014, it was discovered that there was a drinking water contamination issue in Flint, Michigan, after Flint changed its water source to the Flint River. Flint’s drinking water eventually was discovered to have lead contamination, which posed a serious public health danger.

Since then, America’s decaying pipes have garnered massive amounts of attention, with Bloomberg estimating that the renovations needed to improve and maintain essential parts of our country’s infrastructure through 2030 will cost at least $384 billion.

“Concerns in places like Flint do bring bottled water to people’s attention as a safe and sealed source of drinking water,” said Jane Lazgin, a spokeswoman for Nestle Waters North America, the largest bottled-water maker.

Unfortunately, buying bottled water isn’t the most environmentally conscious solution — or even one that is necessarily needed. President emeritus and chief scientist at the Pacific Institute, Peter Gleick, says that bottled water is about 2,000 times more expensive than tap on average; additionally, it takes triple the amount of water to actually manufacture those plastic bottles than the amount of water actually contained within them. Add that to the fact that only about 30 percent of plastic bottles end up being recycled, and we have a huge waste output on our hands.

That’s not to say that bottled water is itself a terrible innovation; in places like Flint, Michigan, of course, sometimes bottled water is actually the only safe option.

“Bottled water might be a band-aid solution for situations like Flint,” John Stewart, deputy director of Corporate Accountability International said, “but it is definitely not a long-term solution for providing daily drinking water needs.”

Source: Bloomberg / Photo credit: TheDigitel Myrtle Beach via Huffington Post

Tags: bottles, flint, recycle, soda, water
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Here’s How Drinking Soda Wreaks Havoc On Your Body


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According to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, people who drink soda and other sugary beverages may have an increased risk of developing certain cancers.

The consumption of sugar-filled drinks raises blood sugar and has been linked to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. As the aforementioned conditions are often associated with tumors along the biliary tract, researchers launched a long-term study in order to determine whether a link existed between sugary drinks and gallbladder and biliary tract cancers.

“Soda consumption has been inconsistently associated with risk of biliary tract cancer (only one prior study) and other cancers in previous similar studies,” explained lead study author Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, as reported by Reuters.

Over 70,000 Swedish adults between the ages of 45 and 83 were observed from the Swedish Mammography Cohort and Cohort of Swedish Men. At the beginning of the study in 1997, none of the participants had diabetes or cancer. Half of the individuals were determined to be overweight, and about 25 percent of the participants were smokers.

When the study began, participants were asked how many sodas and juice drinks they tend to consume. Their eating and drinking habits were surveyed over an average of 13 years.

Approximately 150 participants developed gallbladder or biliary tract cancers during the study. However, compared to individuals who did not consume sugary beverages, participants who consumed at least two sodas, juice drinks, and artificially-sweetened sodas a day were 79 percent more likely to get biliary tract cancer and more than twice as likely to develop gallbladder cancer.   

“[T]his study suggests that there is more than a plausible link,” said Dr. Margo Denke, a former researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Although researchers cannot yet explain the exact causes behind this connection, it is clear that a healthy diet plays a role in trying to keep these tumors at bay. Dr. Igor Astsaturov, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia said, “Regardless of the cause, it is easy enough to quench the thirst with water to stay fit and healthy.”

Sources: Reuters, Journal of the National Cancer Institute / Photo credit: Thanh Nien News via Marine Essentials

Tags: artificial sweeteners, biliary tract cancer, gallbladder cancer, soda, Sugar
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Texas Family Horrified By What It Found In Dr Pepper Bottle


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A Texas family was horrified after finding a truly unsettling surprise in their Dr Pepper. If you’re looking for motivation to cut down on your soda intake, read on.

John Graves, a man from Katy, Texas, said that he bought a 20-ounce bottle of the soft drink for his grandson, Kayden, who drank some of it while in his car seat, according to KPRC. Since he didn’t finish it, they put the cap back on and saved it.

This is what they found staring back at them the next morning:

That’s right. A big dead rodent — the stuff of your nightmares. The animal is a “pretty good size,” Graves told KPRC, adding that it is “about three inches long, with a big tail.”

“I’m concerned about the health of my grandson,” Graves said, adding that he wants to get the rat tested to see how it got in there, where it came from, and if Kayden is in danger.

Dr Pepper offered to take the sample into one of their labs for testing, but Graves wants to do it himself through an independent testing center.

“There is no telling what could happen to that sample,” he added.

A statement from Dr Pepper-Snapple said that it was “virtually impossible” for any foreign object to pass through their safeguards during the bottling process.

“All of our containers … remain covered until the moment they are placed on our high-speed filling lines,” the statement explained. “Once on the filling lines, they are inverted and rinsed out before they are filled and capped.”

But Jay Neal, a food and safety expert at the University of Houston, said that it isn’t completely impossible for such an unlikely event to occur.

“A mouse can fit through a hole about the size of a nickel,” Neal said. “They don’t have bones, they have cartilage, and they can squeeze through it.”

This isn’t even the first time someone has reported that they found a whole rodent in their drink. An Illinois man said he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew, but Pepsi disputed his claims, saying that the mouse would have dissolved into a “jelly-like substance” if it had been bottled, according to the FW.

Think about that the next time you grab a soda.

Sources: KPRC, The FW / Photo credit: Marnaq/Wikimedia Commons, KPRC

Tags: dr pepper, found in food, mouse in soda, rat in soda, soda
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Girl Finds Deadly Razor Blade In Fast-Food Soda


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Most people don’t expect to encounter a life-or-death situation while sipping from a cup of soda at a fast-food restaurant. Unfortunately for Aubrey Simonds, however, that’s exactly what happened to her daughter on April 29 in Keene, New Hampshire.

Simonds posted to Facebook a photo of a razor blade she found in her young daughter’s soda at their local Wendy’s. The razor blade is covered in brown filth, and its discovery prompted a swift investigation by Keene’s health department.

While the little girl did take a couple sips from her drink before her mother spotted the deadly object, sources report that she is unhurt.

After a thorough examination, health officials now believe that they have ascertained the origin of the razor blade. According to sources, the blade was originally used to scrape food and grease from the restaurant’s stoves before being improperly disposed of in a trash can. Another employee spotted the razor blade in the trash and transferred it to a cup, planning to throw it away safely later in the day. However, before the employee could do so, a third worker grabbed the same cup and filled it with soda, handing the deadly drink to Simonds’ unwitting daughter.

Despite the incident, the Wendy’s in question remains open and Keene’s health department will not take any disciplinary action against the restaurant. However, Keene officials did suggest that local eateries review training procedures to avoid future accidents.

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Sources: Grub StreetSentinel Source / Photo credit: Aubrey Simonds/Facebook via Sentinel Source


Tags: Keene, Razor, soda, Wendy's
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Man Puts Soda In Water Cup At McDonalds, Is Later Arrested


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What would you do for a soda?

The soft drink industry in America is huge. According to a 2015 study by Brandon Gaille, more than $75 billion of soda is purchased annually, with the average American consuming 44 gallons of soda every year.

It appears some people will go to great lengths to get their carbonated fix. On April 17, for example, Cody Morris, 18, was arrested for putting soda in a water cup at a McDonald’s in Arkansas, and refusing to return the unpaid-for beverage, reports 40/29 News.

According to the police report, the manager of the restaurant called to report a robbery after three men in the drive-thru allegedly ordered three large waters. They then proceeded to dump out the water, enter the establishment, and refill the empty cups with soda.

Upon being confronted by the manager, two of the men returned their sodas. Morris, however, reportedly fled the scene.

The manager says he was unsuccessful in his attempt to prevent Morris from leaving, because when he stood behind the suspect’s car, Morris reversed and reportedly hit the manager. 

Police later caught up with Morris at a nearby bowling alley. According to ABC Chicago, Morris was reportedly charged with a felony and subsequently released on $2,500 bond.

Perhaps we should all take this as an incentive to cut back on our soda consumption.

Sources: Brandongaille, 40/29 News, WLS / Image Credit: Washington County Sheriff's Office via ABC Chicago

Tags: arkansas, mcdonald's, soda, statistics
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