In contrast to the caramel one might make at home by melting sugar in a saucepan, the artificial brown coloring in colas and some other products is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures. Chemical reactions result in the formation of 2-methylimidazole and 4 methylimidazole, which in government-conducted studies caused lung, liver, or thyroid cancer or leukemia in laboratory mice or rats. read more…
The studies were conducted by the National Toxicology Program, a division of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.
What you need to know:
Although soy sauce and other products contain caramel coloring, it is in small amounts. The problem with soda is the large amount of coloring per serving. And, CSPI says, to put the risk of cancer in context, the far bigger problem with sugary sodas is obesity and obesity related diseases.
Here’s a typical cola ingredient list
Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Caffeine.
Let’s remind ourselves -
- The amount of sugar in a cup is 7 teaspoons.Many people drink multiple servings per day.
- Most soft drinks use high fructose corn syrup, whose effects on metabolism scientists are still arguing over.
- Phosphoric acid leaches calcium from bones, among other things.
- And now we learn that the caramel coloring used is carcinogenic.
Need any more reasons to quit soda, or at least drastically reduce drinking occasions to Christmas and your birthday?
What to do at the supermarket:
Do yourself and your family a favor. Limit your consumption of soft drinks. Just skip the beverage aisle in the supermarket. Learn to enjoy tap water.