Caution: Some soft drinks may damage your DNA

mitochondriaSodium Benzoate, a preservative that prevents mold in soft drinks, has been shown to damage the DNA in the mitochondria of your cells (the power station that provides your cells with energy), eventually leading to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. Link to storyWikipedia entry for MitochondrionNSF interactive tour of the cell