I've made it no secret how I feel about soda pop. Every time you pop one open that hissss you hear is the sound of your health taking a turn for the worse.

Frankly, a soda is simply nothing more than a health disaster in a can.

Packed with sugar, soft drinks can contribute to heart disease and hypertension. And research has found that they may be capable of providing fuel for cancer growth. (In fact, one study found that just two sodas a week may double your risk of pancreatic cancer.)

The acids in soft drinks can wear away tooth enamel. The bubbly drinks are known triggers for painful gout attacks. And the diet varieties are not only loaded with cancer-connected aspartame, they've also been linked to an increased risk of stroke.

However, if despite the mountain of evidence against drinking soda you STILL need another reason to swear off the stuff I suggest you hold off on eating your lunch because I have a real stomach lurcher for you.

Soft drink giant PepsiCo has admitted that their popular soft drink Mountain Dew has the power to dissolve small animals.

Yes, unfortunately I'm serious. Let me explain.

After an Illinois man sued the company when he allegedly found a dead mouse in his soda PepsiCo launched a unique...and most likely accurate...defense against his allegations.

They claimed that discovering a mouse in a can of their soda was an impossible scenario because "...the mouse would have dissolved in the soda had it been in the can from the time of its bottling until the day the plaintiff drank it..." and that it would have turned into a "'jelly-like' substance."

Now, I don't know about you, but any drink that it's own makers admit will dissolve small rodents in the time it takes to get to you is just not something I think I want on my shopping list or in my belly.