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What You Should Know About Colas and Cancer?

By on March 13, 2012

How many servings of your favorite cola drink do you consume each day? Besides the taste, news is that the color may be harmful to you. U.S. soft drink manufacturers saythey plan to switch to a new, low 4-methylimidazole formulation of caramel coloring to avoid cancer warning labels on cans. That’s right, cancer.

The state of California added the compound 4-methylimidazolewhich gives colas their distinctive brown color— to its list of known carcinogens in 2011, resulting in the need for a cancer warning label on every can of cola sold in the state. Diana Garza Ciarlante, a Coca-Cola Co. spokeswoman, says the beverage giant has already asked its caramel suppliers to make the necessary manufacturing process modifications to meet the requirements of California.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban ammonia-sulfite caramel color from soda and the FDA is reviewing the petition.

While risks of cancer are believed to be well-below of the average amount consumed by regular cola drinkers, precautions are being taken. One insider says, “It is important to understand that a consumer would have to consume well over 1.000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered in the studies that have shown links to cancer in rodents.”

There seems to be no determined “safe or unsafe” amount of cola to consume before risk of cancer is significant. But who can argue with drinking more water and less cola. Be proactive with your nutrition.

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