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Cola colorings to be banned in Coke and Pepsi over cancer fear

With cancer diagnoses being distributed to countless individuals everyday all over the world, it’s no surprise that something so prevalent in everyday life is linked to the cause. It would seem the culprit is something which accompanies our meals,...
 Cola colorings may cause cancer
 
 

With cancer diagnoses being distributed to countless individuals everyday all over the world, it’s no surprise that something so prevalent in everyday life is linked to the cause.

It would seem the culprit is something which accompanies our meals, something as simple as a soft drink, which is hard on our insides. The concern over the artificial brown coloring agent in Coke and Pepsi has researchers saying it could be causing thousands of cancers.

“The caramel coloring used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other foods is contaminated with two cancer-causing chemicals and should be banned,” said the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a health lobby group based in Washington, DC.

“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 sulphites under high pressure and temperatures.

“Chemical reactions result in the formation of two substances known as 2-MI and 4-MI which in government-conducted studies caused lung, liver, or thyroid cancer or leukemia in laboratory mice or rats.”

America’s National Toxicology Program says that there is “clear evidence” that both 2-MI and 4-MI are animal carcinogens, and therefore likely to pose a risk to humans.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, also found significant levels of 4-MI in five brands of cola.

The executive director of the CSPI, Michael F. Jacobson, has petitioned America’s food regulator, the Food & Drug Administration, to take action. He stated: “Carcinogenic colorings have no place in the food supply, especially considering that their only function is a cosmetic one.”

Jacobson said the name “caramel coloring” does not accurately describe the additives, explaining: “It’s a concentrated dark brown mixture of chemicals that simply does not occur in nature.”

Ironically, I reported earlier this week that the Coca-Cola secret recipe had been leaked by Chicago Public Radio. It was even suggested it might be possible to recreate the taste and look on the kitchen table.

The leak claims were denied by the company, where a spokesman said: “Many third parties have tried to crack our secret formula. Try as they might, they’ve been unsuccessful because there is only one ‘Real Thing.’” Way to be secretive. It would seem the “Real Thing” poisons people.

And this should be no surprise to anyone, but Coca-Cola rejected the CSPI’s concerns.

A spokesman said: “Our beverages are completely safe. CSPI’s statement irresponsibly insinuates that the caramel used in our beverages is unsafe and maliciously raises cancer concerns among consumers.

“This does a disservice to the very public for which CSPI purports to serve.

“Studies show that the caramel we use does not cause cancer.”

The company said its drinks do not contain 2-MEI. It said they do contain 4-MEI in trace amounts.

It said: “These extrapolations by CSPI to human health and cancer are totally unfounded.”

News Source: Mail Online



 



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