The National Level Expert Group in its report submitted to the Hon'ble Supreme Court has provided details of possible harmful effects of:
(i) Soft drinks/beverages and obesity
(ii) Soft drinks/beverages and dental health
(iii) Other health related effects due to consumption of soft drinks/beverages
(iv) Contents of soft drinks/beverages
· Phosphoric Acid
· Ethylene glycol
· Carbon Dioxide
The said report is based on research carried out on scientific basis in various countries of the world. However, the group has noted that the studies to establish co-relationship between consumption of carbonated water and its effects on health are extremely difficult as it involves several compounding factors. The group has recommended that there is a need to carry out well-controlled studies to assess effect of consumption of carbonated water on health.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi on 4th May, 2007 in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.