There are some products that just seem to be bad for us. For instance, does a soda seem like a good thing despite what Coca-Cola might advertise? I am blogging on this because of a recent study on dark sodas. Just to keep an eye on it. A blog to maybe think about, the next time the waitress says that we have “Pepsi products”. (yes, this last sentence gives me an excuse to post this)
So here’s the warning. This applies even if you are trying to stay trim by drinking Diet Coke. Ok… maybe not trim.
So, back to the study on Soft drinks. (Tribune.com) People who consume one or more cans of soda per day are at a higher risk of cancer. That’s because of an ingredient, 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) that is formed during the manufacture of certain sodas. It gives a caramel color to the soda.
According to the senior author of the study, “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”. Basically, the study is saying that these manufacturers are adding this to make the drinks dark, for marketing purposes.
There is something being done about this. Consumer Reports has petitioned the FDA to set limits on the amount of this carcinogen that can be added to these drinks. Currently there is no limit and no warning. According to the Consumer Reports spokesman, “This new analysis underscores our belief that people consume significant amounts of soda that unnecessarily elevate their risk of cancer over the course of a lifetime.”
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