caramel coloring

Soft drinks with caramel coloring could contain carcinogenic substance

Saturday, February 01, 2014 by: Reuben Chow
Tags: caramel coloring, Pepsi, soda

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) A study from Consumer Reports has revealed that the caramel coloring substance used to give many soft drinks its brown color could contain a harmful carcinogenic chemical called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI.

4-MEI is a by-product in the making of caramel coloring, although it is not in all caramel coloring and the amounts could vary across different drinks and even across different batches of the same drink. Its levels vary depending on how the caramel coloring is manufactured and also on who the supplier of the compound is.

4-MEI is a carcinogenic substance to humans. Dr. Urvashi Rangan, a toxicologist who had led the study, said it "definitely causes cancer in animal studies. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has also classified 4-MEI as a possible human carcinogen." The state of California includes it on the state list of carcinogens, too.

In fact, California has also mandated that any food or beverage which has more than 29 micrograms of 4-MEI has to carry cancer warning labels. There are, however, no such federal requirements in the US. Thus, the only way to guard against 4-MEI is to look out for the presence of the caramel coloring.

The caramel coloring does not actually provide any flavor - its use is purely for visual purposes. As such, potential exposure to 4-MEI is quite pointless. Indeed, "there is no need for consumers to be exposed to this avoidable and unnecessary risk," added Dr Rangan.

Details of the study

Consumer Reports had looked at samples from 12 different soft drinks which were bought at different times over a period of nine months in California and New York. They discovered that two of the drinks - Pepsi One and Malta Goya - had levels of 4-MEI which were higher than what was permitted.

"Coke came in at a negligible cancer level at one can of Coke. That said, we found other manufacturers - like Pepsi - really quite a lot higher than Coke. Malta Goya, which is a Hispanic soft drink, was actually at 300 or more micrograms per 12-ounce serving," said Dr. Rangan.

The company for Malta Goya declined comment when contacted by CBS. Pepsi, on the other hand, issued a response, stating that the average amount of diet soda people consumed was only 100 ml, and while a full can of the beverage (about 300 ml) would breach the California limit, 100 ml would not. For this reason, they argued that their drink would not need to carry cancer warnings.

Changes proposed

In light of the study, Consumers Union is pushing for warning labels to be placed on any products which contain more than the accepted amounts of chemicals, among other measures, to help protect consumers.

The study report also recommended that chemicals which are artificially added to foods and beverages should have a maximum limit and mandated labeling.

Further, the report has suggested for the FDA to bar products which contain caramel coloring to carry the "natural" label; at the moment, any drink which is stated to be "natural" could still contain caramel coloring.

The FDA has said that it is reviewing the safety of using caramel coloring in soft drinks and other food products. According to them, they have studied the health effects of caramel coloring for years and have found it to be safe in general, but they are looking further into the matter, conducting tests on various food products, including soft drinks.

If you or your family are frequent consumers of soft drinks, please take note of this information. In any case, with easily 40 grams of sugar in a can of soda, soft drinks are not exactly the best choice of beverage for the health conscious, with or without the caramel coloring and 4-MEI.

Sources for this article include:

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/24536/54/

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk

http://www.onecanofsoda.com/

About the author:
Reuben Chow has a keen interest in natural health and healing as well as personal growth.

Follow on Facebook his health websites.

His main health websites Insights on Health and All 4 Natural Health focus on being healthy naturally, while his other health websites cover topics such as cancer research and information, holistic depression help, depression help and natural remedies, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. He also owns self improvement and inspirational websites like Inspiration 4 Living, allinspiration.com, Life Changing Quotes, and 101 Inspirational Ideas. Through his network of sites at The Journey of Life, he hopes to help improve people's lives.

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.