Saturday, March 7, 2015

Caramel Color in Soda can Cause Cancer

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There is a new discovery that link the soda's caramel color to cancer. Many experts believe that some ingredients in soda can cause fatal disease but there are no direct link, however this time researchers found a direct link between caramel color and cancer.

A study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that was published in PLOS ONE journal with a title "Caramel Color in Soft Drinks and Exposure to 4-Methylimidazole: A Quantitative Risk Assessment." The research team use a sample from 110 brands of different sodas with caramel coloring and they have found different levels of 4-Methylimidazole (4-MEI). 4-Methylimidazole (4-MEI) gives the dark brown color for soda drinks like Coke and Pepsi. What they have found out is that most of the sodas contained dangerous levels of 4-MEI, which could ultimately lead to a high caramel color cancer risk.

Based on a data research about 57% of people drink a can of soda per day, which heighten the danger of over-consumption of the carcinogen.

PhD Keeve Nachman, the lead researcher of the study, said "Soft drink consumers are being exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary cancer risk from an ingredient that is being added to these beverages simply for aesthetic purposes. This unnecessary exposure poses a threat to public health and raises questions about the continued use of caramel coloring in soda."

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