soft-drinks.jpg Food additives have long been suspected of having adverse health effects. Now, according to a research conducted by Sheffield university, a widely used preservative used by soft drinks companies may be responsible for DNA damage. This research was conducted by a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology, Peter Piper. Piper, who has been studying sodium benzoate since 1999, has warned about the irreversible damages that can be caused by the presence of this substance in soft drinks. In the light of this, there is a demand for stringent investigations into the safety of the substance.

a. Research has shown that the preservative, sodium benzoate, used in carbonated drinks has adverse health effects.
b. When combined with vitamin c, it results in the carcinogenic substance benzene.
c. It can lead to cellular damage and damage parts of the DNA.
d. It can cause liver cirrhosis.
e. It can also act as a trigger to neuro-degenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease.