Fizzy drinks are known to be harmful in the past, but only because of their high sugar content. Now, a team of researchers have found how the coating present on most cola cans, which contains a compound known as bisphenol A (BPA), could raise your risk of being affected by high blood pressure.
BPA is commonly used to coat most cans and plastic bottles, and tends to leach into foods and drinks, thus entering the body. The team of researchers from Korea have found that drinking from such cans could increase the concentration of BPA by 1600% as compared to consuming foods from glass containers.
Consuming just 2 cans a day could create major problems for patients already affected by high blood pressure or heart disease. Infact, if continued over a period of time, patients may even need to seek medical attention.
BPA is already known to cause diabetes, infertility, heart attacks, obesity, migraines and even cancer, and now, this chemical is already banned in the manufacture of baby bottles in Europe. Though a higher risk is thought to be prevalent in young kids, adults should also consider the risk factors associated with this consumption.
The researchers studied 60 adults and found that the consumption of soft drinks from cans contributed to high blood pressure by raising the blood BPA levels upto 1600%.
They advise consumers to opt for fresh foods or products in glass bottles rather than canned foods.