While it’s not healthy, many people simply can’t get enough of soda. They’ll drink it wherever it’s available. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to pick just one. Anyone that’s a major soda buff knows to stay away from one kind.

Crawling Through Your Coke

At every fast food restaurant, there’s a soda machine. For decades, these soda fountains have given people a quick fill on their favorite soda brand. Unfortunately, there’s a huge cost for selecting soda from these machines.

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Bacteria is one of the biggest things that’s making fountain soda simply undrinkable. One form of bacteria that’s found near soda machines is coliforms, which can be hazardous to our health. Professor Renee D. Godard suggests that establishments should clean their machines. Unfortunately, that’s probably easier said than done. “My guess is that most restaurant owners wouldn’t have the vaguest idea about how to flush those machines, or that they would even need to,” she told ABC in a 2010 interview.

Want Any Bleach With That?

While some owners will ignore cleaning the machines, others will clean it on a constant basis. While you think this means it’s safe to drink from the machine, think again. Many businesses use bleach when cleaning these machines.

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On occasion, bleach can work its way into the machine and its soda compartments. This means that your next drink can have traces of bleach hidden in it. This equates to bad chemicals being placed inside your body.

Ignoring It All

While some people know the risks, they’ll still head to the soda fountain anyway. To them, it’s much quicker than simply heading to the store for the same thing.

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In the end, nothing beats the crisp taste of soda. We’re just hoping that’s the only thing soda fans taste when they go out next time.