Almost every soft drink commercial shows our favorite celebrities opening a can or bottle and chugging it. Of course we know that these drinks are not healthy, but what’s a slice of hot pizza without cold coke to wash it down! Healthy people are unlikely to suffer any lasting health impact from the occasional glass of coke, but drinking it straight out of the can or bottle is a whole different story. Here’s why you shouldn’t drink directly out of the can or bottle.
Health Risks Of Drinking Straight From The Can Or Bottle
“Research shows that the tops of soda cans harbor a host of harmful pathogens, including stenotrophomonas maltophilia, pseudomonas luteola, & enterobacter cloacae”
You pop the tab of your coke can and gulp it down without a second thought. But if you take the time to look at the top of the can, you will notice that there is a deep ridge that goes right around the top. When you take a sip, the drink picks up dirt and dust in the ridge and you ingest it without even realizing it. While dirt and dust is bad enough, there could be much worse stuff lurking here!
Scientists recently found that the tops of soda cans have a host of harmful pathogens including stenotrophomonas maltophilia, pseudomonas luteola, and enterobacter cloacae. Our immune systems are generally strong enough to overcome these infections, but if your immunity is compromised, you can easily fall ill.
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an emerging multidrug-resistant bacterium that can cause pneumonia and pulmonary infections. Pseudomonas luteola can cause meningitis (brain fever) and peritonitis (inflammation of the abdominal lining) and is often resistant to first-line antibiotics. Enterobacter cloacae can cause skin infections, urinary tract infections, and ophthalmic infections. The tops of cans are more likely to contain these pathogens, but they can also be present on bottles.
There have been several rumors about how people died of leptospirosis after drinking from cans that had rat pee on them. While it is true that this is a deadly illness that can be contracted through the exposure to an infected rat’s urine, the bacteria requires water to thrive – this means that they will die as soon as the urine on the top of the can dries up. But leptospirosis or not, no one wants to drink cola with a hint a rat pee!
How To Stay Safe When Consuming Sodas
“If you must drink straight out of a bottle or can, make sure to wash the them thoroughly before usage”
There is not much that we can do about the way our food products are stored – these facilities are often overrun by rats and other pests. This means that the best option is to wash your coke cans and bottles thoroughly before drinking from them. Instead of washing each bottle before you use it, you can clean all of them at one time and then store/refrigerate them. If you have soft drinks pretty regularly, you can buy an entire carton as the cans or bottles would be wrapped in protective plastic and then packed, which would mean that they are less likely to be contaminated.
While you should rinse your soft drink bottles and cans before you use them, keep in mind that it’s not just the outside that poses a risk – it’s what’s inside too! The sugar content in soft drinks is shocking – the WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends a maximum sugar intake of 6 teaspoons of sugar but a small 300 ml can of coke contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar while a regular 750ml bottle of coke contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar… and that’s just one of the many harmful ingredients in coke! The bottom line is, take the time to wash your coke cans… and try not to reach for them too often!
July 31, 2018