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Natural News exclusive: Phosphoric acid used in soda pop shown dissolving teeth in rare video

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor 

(NaturalNews) Get ready for another breakthrough investigation from the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where we’ve put mammalian teeth under the microscope as they are being bathed in phosphoric acid — the same acid used in sodas and soft drinks and found in both Coca-Cola and Pepsi products.

I completed this research and microscopic videography roughly a week ago and was shocked to discover just how easily phosphoric acid destroys teeth. See the mind-blowing photos and video below for more details.

As the director of the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, I want you to know that these photos are not altered in any way. In addition, no animals were harmed or killed to make this video. The acid used in this science experiment is 85% pure phosphoric acid, the same kind of acid used in soft drinks and soda pop. Absolutely no other acids were used in this experiment. These results are reproducible in any science lab.

This forensic evidence of the damage caused to teeth by phosphoric acid will be viciously attacked by the soda industry, which has a long history of denial of scientific facts much like Big Tobacco. So if you see negative comments on this article or the video, know that those trolls are most likely being paid by corporate interests to try to obfuscate these findings and attack the messenger rather than admitting their products are directly harming the health of their own customers.

A full explanation of additional facts regarding this science experiment are published at the end of this article. See the related video at:

See the shocking photos

Here’s the first photo of the teeth we used in this experiment. They were removed from the lower jaw of a wild boar found dead in the Texas outbreak. They were fully intact and had not been exposed to the elements. (Yes, I collect specimens from nature to bring back to the lab for investigations in the public interest.)

To conduct the experiment, we then bathed these teeth in phosphoric acid.

This caused an immediate chemical reaction to take place, resulting in the off-gassing you see in this photo as the phosphoric acid ate away the tooth enamel:

Here’s the same tooth after the phosphoric acid reaction. As you can see, the tooth integrity is utterly destroyed:

Check out some more before and after photos:

See the video showing the chemical reaction and “tweezer test”

Watch this video to see even more shocking images from this Health Ranger experiment:

Also, see more forensic investigations into everyday foods at:

Facts about the phosphoric acid teeth experiment

Here are some facts on how this was accomplished:

• The Natural News Forensic Food Lab is located in Texas and conducts digital microscopy investigations on popular foods. See a previous investigation on “strange fibers” found in Chicken McNuggets.

• Both Coke and Pepsi contain phosphoric acid as a key ingredient, listed right on the label (see image, right).

• The teeth used in this experiment are mammalian teeth derived from a wild boar in Texas. These teeth were enclosed in the jaw bone and hadnever been exposed to the elements. (No animals were killed to conduct this research. Wild boars live and die every day in the Texas outback and are easily found already dead with fresh bones fully intact.)

• Wild boar teeth are almost identical to human teeth in terms of structure, physiology and elemental composition. Their properties of hardness and durability are, in fact, superior to most modern-day human teeth (because wild hogs have vastly superior nutrition than most modern-day humans who consume nutrient-depleted, processed foods loaded with toxic chemicals).

• Before being bathed in acid, the teeth were found to be relatively smooth, durable and hard. They were difficult to extract from the jaw bone and resisted scratching with common tweezers. We did not weigh the teeth before the acid bath but plan to do so in an expanded version of this experiment that looks at the total loss of tooth mass caused by phosphoric acid.

• The teeth were bathed in a solution of 85% phosphoric acid for a period of 12 hours. This concentration of phosphoric acid is much higher than the concentration typically found in soda products, so the effects you see here are accelerated compared to the effects you would see with the lower concentration acids typically found in soda.

• According to a 2012 Gallup poll, nearly half of all Americans drink soda daily, thereby bathing their teeth in phosphoric acid each day.

• According to these published soda facts, the average American drinks 45 gallons of sugary drinks each year. Each 20-ounce bottle of soda contains 16 teaspoons of sugar.

• Coca-Cola reportedly claims the actual amount of phosphoric acid in its sodas is “proprietary information” and thus not available to the public.

• A doctor quoted in ABC News confirms that the phosphoric acid in soda can destroy bones. “Phosphorus helps leech the calcium out of the bone, when it’s absorbed very well in the sodas that people drink,” said Dr. Loren Wissner Greene of New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

• The pH of Coca-Cola is 2.525, just slightly higher than that of battery acid.

• According to a scientific study covered on, “teeth immersed in Coke, Pepsi, RC Cola, Squirt, Surge, 7 Up and Diet 7 Up lost more than 5 percent of their weight, according to the report by Poonam Jain of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and her colleagues.” It goes on to report, “The erosive potential of colas is 10 times that of fruit juices in just the first three minutes of drinking, a study last year showed.”

Phosphoric acid damages your teeth as much as using meth

This story gets even more shocking when you realize that phosphoric acid from soda may damage your teeth as much as using meth or other illegal drugs.

“Drinking large quantities of your favorite carbonated soda could be as damaging to your teeth as methamphetamine and crack cocaine use,” says a press release from the Academy of General Dentistry.

To conduct the study, “the General Dentistry case study compared the damage in three individuals’ mouths — an admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive diet soda drinker. Researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each participant’s mouth,” reports the AGD press release.

“Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their ‘drug’ of choice — meth, crack, or soda,” said Mohamed A. Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, lead author of the study.

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Sugar warning for ‘healthy’ soft drinks

Juices and soft drinks

People underestimate the amount of sugar in drinks which are perceived to be “healthy”, research suggests.
The Glasgow University study asked more than 2,000 people in the UK to estimate how much sugar was in a range of drinks.
While many overestimated the amount in fizzy beverages, they underestimated levels in smoothies and fruit juices.
The research also found soft drinks could be accounting for a large chunk of their recommended calorie intake.
The British Soft Drinks Association says the sugar in soft drinks is not hidden because beverages carry clear labelling of nutritional content, including calorie and sugar content.

Risk factor

The reasearchers asked participants to assess their weekly drinking habits.
Their answers suggested 450 calories a day were being consumed – a quarter of the daily limit for women and a fifth for men.
But it was the lack of awareness about the sugar content of drinks that caused concern.
The participants were asked to guess the number of teaspoons of sugar in a range of popular drinks.
They underestimated it for pure apple juice and orange juice, a caffeinated energy drink and a smoothie by between two and four teaspoons.
And for a pomegranate-based drink, they underestimated the sugar content by nearly 18 teaspoons.
Unsurprisingly, many participants were not taking the calorie content of their soft drinks into account when thinking about their diet.
The team warned that the over-consumption of soft drinks was contributing to obesity and was a major risk factor for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Lead researcher Prof Naveed Sattar said: “What you drink can be as damaging to the body as what you eat.
“There is no question that consuming too many sugar-sweetened drinks can greatly contribute to obesity.
“Some varieties of drinks such as pure fruit juices and smoothies, which are perceived as ‘healthy’ options, are also very high in sugar.
“For many people struggling with their weight, reducing their intake of such drinks and replacing with water or diet drinks would be a sensible first target to help them lessen their calorie intake.”

soda drinks cause liver damage

By Karin Kloosterman
August 06, 2009

Sweetened drinks may cause long-term liver damage, advises Israeli physician Dr. Nimer Assy. Photo by Pierre Terdjman / Flash90.

A new Israeli study reveals that too much sweetened soda and fruit juice may cause long-term liver damage. Switching to water is the best preventive measure to contribute to long-term health.

It may be a good idea to replace the juice in your kid’s lunch box with a bottle of water. A health conscious Israeli physician has bad news for the beverage industry. According to Dr. Nimer Assy, people who drink more than one liter (about four cups) of sweetened beverages a day have a five times greater risk of developing fatty liver.

“In the long term, this contributes to more diabetes and heart disease,” warns the doctor from the Ziv Medical Center in Haifa.

While known culprits like sweetened carbonated soda are on the list of “no-nos,” natural and freshly squeezed fruit juices appear there, too. His findings are reported in the Journal of Hepatology, where Assy, a specialist in internal medicine, liver disease and liver transplantation and director of the Liver Unit at Ziv, warns that the beverages cited can cause long-term damage.

In his study, Assy followed 90 healthy patients with no perceived risk for fatty liver. He discovered that about 80 percent of the people in the study who were diagnosed with fatty liver drank more than half a liter (about two cups) of sweetened soft drinks (carbonated beverages and sweetened juices) every day, whereas only 17% of those in the control group had the condition.

Don’t squeeze, chew!

The ingredient in the sodas and juices that causes the damage is a fruit sugar called fructose, which is highly absorbable in the liver. It does not affect insulin production and goes straight to the liver where it is converted to fat. Fructose ups the chances that you will suffer from a fatty liver, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer, Assy tells ISRAEL21c.

The father of five, who lives in the Christian Arab village of Fassuta in the Galilee region of Israel, confesses that his own kids drink Coke. However, his advice to other parents is to limit their offsprings’ intake of soda or any sweetened beverage – natural or artificial – to not more than about one cup, juice box, or can, a day.

To reap optimal benefits from fruit and avoid the liver damage possibility, Assy suggests eating the fruit whole. “The natural orange has fibers and prevents fructose from being absorbed [in the liver],” he explains. If that’s not possible, he recommends drinking fruit juice that has extra pulp in it.

Assy’s study was spurred by what he saw at his in-patient clinic. “We have noticed recently that there are many patients coming to the clinic with fatty infiltration of the liver,” he tells ISRAEL21c. “Usually the risk factor is for people with obesity, diabetes and alcohol [abuse, but] we noticed some people without these pre-conditions could have fatty liver.”

Diet drinks are suspect as well

He started the study by asking his patients to take a questionnaire. As the group of 90 people (with a 50:50 ratio of women to men, ages 40 to 50) filled in the blanks, an explanation began to emerge. They were asked about their level of physical activity, caloric intake on a daily basis and the amount of soft drinks they consume.

“We found people who drink more than two cans of Coke a day have increased their chances for a fatty liver, and if left untreated their chances for heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver also increase,” Assy says.

When Assy refers to soft drinks, he’s including diet soft drinks in the mix. With inconclusive data on diet drinks, he believes that those containing artificial sweeteners may have a similar effect. While diet drinks do not contain fructose, they do have aspartame and caramel colorants: “Both these can increase insulin resistance and may induce fatty liver,” says the doctor.

Assy plans to conduct a more extensive study of the health effects of artificially sweetened drinks and he suspects that his findings may not be to the taste of the world’s beverage industry.

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