Cola’s Caramel Coloring Causes Cancer?   Leave a comment

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest some foods and drinks can be harmful to our health.  The CSPI says that the ‘caramel coloring’ Caramel III and Caramel IV that is used in Pepsi and Coke as well as some foods and beer contain two cancer-causing chemicals.  Additionally, the CSPI is arguing that the terminology ‘caramel coloring” leaves the consumer with the concept that the color is created by caramel, which is untrue as the color itself is produced by ammonia or ammonia sulfite processes.  As quoted by examiner.com, CSPI executive director, Michael F. Jacobson states that the current wording is misleading, though caramel isn’t a healthy option, “at least it is not tainted with carcinogens” (http://www.examiner.com/children-s-health-in-providence/carmel-coloring-cola-could-cause-cancer).  CSPI is currently lobbying for the Food and Drug Administration to place a ban on the use of the two types of coloring that are made with ammonia; the FDA is holding a committee review at the end of March.

Another concern for consumers of sodas is that a new study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Conference reveals that individuals who drank at least one diet soda every day had a 61% higher risk of vascular health events, including stroke and heart attack.  According to MSNBC, the study followed the soda drinking habits of 2,500+ New York residents over the course of 9+ years.  To further extend the health scare and potential connections between soda consumption and health issues, the American Heart Association reports that 1 out of every 3 people have some kind of heart disease and that each year over 2,000 individuals die due to cardiovascular diseases.

Soda drinkers beware the sugary sweet temptation of ‘caramel coloring’…

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Posted February 24, 2011 by adobson001 in Uncategorized

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