Soda linked to cancer
In a recent report, a lot of sodas may contain a potential carcinogen. The chemical is called 4-methylimidazole or 4-MeI and appears in golden brown or caramel colored soda such as Pepsi and Coco-Cola.
In a recent report, a lot of sodas may contain a potential carcinogen. The chemical is called 4-methylimidazole or 4-MeI and appears in golden brown or caramel colored sodas such as Pepsi and Coco-Cola.
Currently, there is no FDA regulation on 4-MeI, except California. Under California's Proposition 65 law, any food or beverage cannot have more than 29 milligrams of 4-MeI, if exceeded, a "warning" label must be placed on the product. The International Agency of Research for Cancer concluded that 4-MeI can cause cancer in mice and found it to be "possibly carcinogenic to humans." The Food and Drug Administration says levels of 4-MeI do not pose a health threat, according to CNN, the agency is testing food and beverages with caramel coloring and reviewing new data.
In a study conducted by Consumer Reports, Pepsi One and Malta Goya purchased in California contained over 100 milligrams of 4-MeI and did not have a warning label. Other brands purchased in California tested around or below 29 milligrams but exceed that amount in New York. Overall, Pepsi One and Malta Goya in a 12 ounce serving had higher amounts in both states. According to CNN Money, Americans drink about 180 gallons a year and 60 percent of consumption is soda.