Death by Dasani

wasserflasche giftWhile you may think that is an exaggeration, the reality should scare the hell out of you! First off, bottled water has an ingredients list. That in itself is ridiculous. The only thing that should be in water is…water. Why put other crap in bottled water? Well according to researchers, people do not like the taste of water. So, to improve the taste, other additives are put into bottled water.

Dasani’s ingredient list contains a lot of crap. Potassium Chloride makes up about one third of that bottle of water. How many know just what Potassium Chloride is? Think death by lethal injection. Yes, I said “death by lethal injection.” For those who do not know the process for this sentence, here it is. First, the inmate is given a barbiturate. A drug that paralyses them so they cannot move follows this. Finally, to STOP THE HEART, they are injected with potassium chloride. In addition, the Coca-Cola Company puts this in Dasani water! Millions of people mindlessly drink this crap.

Potassium Chloride is a mineral that is naturally found in many foods. The body does need a certain amount to maintain health. It becomes toxic if consumed in mass quantities. Our bodies do not need much to maintain health. In fact, it is only lethal if given in doses of 2500 mg/kg. So, if it is in the bottled water, it should be ok, right? That all depends on how much you ingest from other sources and how much of this crap bottled water is consumed.

According to Coca-Cola, in taste testing, consumers preferred the taste of their water with Potassium Chloride. So, they put it in their Dasani water. They also state that the amount of this mineral added to their water is minute. So, there shouldn’t be any adverse health effects. It is ok to drink the stuff just because their research shows that you want good tasting water.

So, let’s look at some interesting ways Potassium Chloride is used. First, it is a naturally occurring mineral. We get that. But, it is also a by-product of producing nitric acid using potassium nitrate and hydrochloric acid. Most of the Potassium Chloride by-product produced is used in fertilizer. Plants need this to grow. It is also used in producing potassium hydroxide and metal. Oh, and get this, it is used as a completion fluid in oil and gas industry (fracking ring any alarms?).

Now, what are the side effects from ingesting too much of this poison? Well, some are minor and you may not realize you are suffering from it at all. Others are terrible and you could become gravely ill. Gastrointestinal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and even a bleeding gut are side effect of too much Potassium Chloride. Extreme overdoses of it can cause cardiac blocks, fibrillation and hyperkalema. The list continues to include kidney disease, Addison’s, ulcers, chronic diarrhea or intestinal blockage. Pregnant or nursing women should most definitely NOT ingest too much potassium chloride. The FDA has shouted this warning, “Do NOT use medication containing potassium chloride if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or breast-feeding. We have warnings on cigarettes and other potentially health threatening items, but there is no warning on Dasani water bottles.

The next time you consume 6 or so bottles of Dasani, pay attention to how you feel. You may experience an irregular heartbeat, feel light headed, faint, chest pain, sweating, nausea and even seizure or coma.

I say, skip the bottled water no matter what brand. Bottled water is simply a waste of resources. Filter your own home water with a quality water filter and purchase refillable water bottles to take along while traveling, or to school or work. Save money, save the planet and even save your health.dasani2flyer

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