Ice Cold Can of Cancer - Death by Soda?

Author: Zack Varela
Published: March 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm
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We have all seen those middle school science fair projects where a young scientist puts a penny in a cup of Coke and it comes out looking immaculate. The moral of the story: Soda is bad for you. Yeah, we get it. Most of America understands that sodas are not the healthiest drink to accompany any meal. Just recently manufacturers were made to change their nutrition labels to include a large icon with the amount of total calories in one serving. This hasn’t detoured anyone from cracking open a cold one and gulping it down. Well, maybe you should give it a second thought. Soda giants Coke and Pepsi will be, ever so slightly, changing their formula to meet California’s cancer- free standards.

 

What a minute…what about all those years I have been drinking this stuff with the Santa can and the cute polar bears? Could I be at risk for cancer? The answer is: maybe.  A consumer watch group called out the problem with the Carmel coloring used in the popular drinks. The coloring is said to have high levels of 4-methylimidazole (say that three times) or more popularly known as 4-MI. High levels of this chemical are known to cause some forms of cancer in animals and in January this same chemical was put on the naughty list by California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

 

Spokespeople from Coke and Dr. Pepper want to make sure you understand that changes to the formula will not be detectable to the consumer’s delicate palate. The FDA would also like to stress that these products are completely safe to consume.  The FDA explains that it would take "well over a thousand cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered in the studies that have shown links to cancer in rodents". Sounds like a challenge to me. Makes one think about what other harmful chemicals are in our food. I know I’ll be thinking twice, if not three times, before any carmel substance touches these lips again. 

 
 

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