The Common Soda Ingredient That May Up Your Cancer Risk.


More and more, researchers are delving into the health threats of soda pop, and scientists at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) may have found another. According to a new study published online in PLOS One, some types of caramel coloring may give off a potential carcinogen as a byproduct.
The researchers found that roughly 44 to 58 percent of people over age six have at least once can of soda a day., which may expose them to the carcinogen 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), which arises during the manufacturing process for some kinds of caramel coloring.
To figure out just how much 4-MEI an individual might be sipping, the researchers looked at 2014 Consumer Reports data on the concentrations of this byproduct in 12 different soft drinks (11 sodas, 1 ice tea) from two metropolitan areas (New York and California).
As a couple examples of the variability, according to Nachman’s analysis, Goya Malta seemed to contribute an extra two cases of cancer per 10,000 people.


The Common Soda Ingredient That May Up Your Cancer Risk.

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