Do you drink soda straight from the can? This is why you probably shouldn’t

This is so gross

It can be quite refreshing, opening a can of soda straight from the fridge and taking a sip. Ahhh, that’s better. Yes we know, most sodas are full of sugar and even the diet variety isn’t very healthy for us, but we still like to have some every now and then. Do you often drink straight from the can? Then we’ve got bad news for you, because after reading this you’ll probably rather grab a glass.

Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t drink straight from the can.

1. Taste

This is not the main reason to avoid drinking from a can, but some people hate the metallic taste of sodas from a can. There are microscopic little holes in the lacquer that make it possible for the aluminium taste to seep through. Our tongues are very sensitive to the taste of metal, so for many people this is a dealbreaker. If you have noticed you don’t enjoy the taste of soda from a can as much as from a bottle, we’d advise buying bottled soda.

2. E. coli

Even though the majority of canned sodas are completely safe, there are risks of contamination. Think about how many people have touched the can before you put it in your fridge. In the 2017 TV programme The Doctors researchers took a selection of soda cans from gas stations, vending machines and supermarkets and tested how much bacteria was on them. The results were quite alarming! Most cans were clean, but some were contaminated with the E. coli bacteria. This bacteria can cause diarrhoea, trouble breathing and pneumonia.

 3. BPA

Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, is often used in plastic bottles. It is a dangerous substance that can seep into your soda and cause hormonal imbalances. Even though many manufacturers decided to take it out of their products, the chemical is still an important part of aluminium cans. A study from the Amercian Heart Association in 2014 revealed that the BPA in cans can cause high blood pressure and heart diseases.

Go on to the next page to read what mice and other vermin have to do with your soda can.

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