By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine
Soda of all kinds has gotten plenty of bad press lately. But, if you happen to be a fan of the bubbly stuff, then you'll love this news...
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently said that it had discovered harmful levels of the chemical used to create the caramel color in Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, and Whole Foods' 365 Cola. In fact, they asked the FDA to ban the color agent called 4-methylimidazole.
"Coke and Pepsi, with the acquiescence of the FDA, are needlessly exposing millions of Americans to a chemical that causes cancer," said CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson. "If companies can make brown food coloring that is carcinogen-free, the industry should use that."
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But, the FDA said recently that the color agent doesn't pose a real health risk to people. In fact, the whole thing, they say, may be completely overblown: "A consumer would have to consume well over a thousand cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered in the studies that have shown links to cancer in rodents," said Doug Karas, an FDA spokesman, in a statement.
Personally speaking, I'm not a fan of soda (diet or not), but I don't think people need to be walking around worrying about risks that aren't entirely real and founded. There are plenty of other more worthy things to worry about!
Do you drink soda? Have you been following this news?
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