There was a warning issued today about the soft drinks you and your children may be consuming every day.
Consumer Reports says some of them contain a possible cancer-causing chemical, CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported.
The issue is with the caramel coloring in many soft drinks. It is what gives them their brown color. Some contain a possible human carcinogen.
Why is it in there? Can it be removed and what can you do to protect yourself? Here’s what you need to know:
Cola is one of the most popular soft drinks in the country, but now a study from Consumer Reports says that the caramel coloring additive that gives cola – and many other soft drinks – its brown color, can contain a harmful chemical called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI.
“It was in fact … definitely causes cancer in animal studies. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has also classified 4-MEI as a possible human carcinogen,” Dr. Urvashi Rangan said.
As Dr. Gomez reported, 4-MEI is a byproduct when caramel color is manufactured, but it’s not in all caramel coloring and amounts vary widely in caramel-colored drinks, even when the same brands were tested just a few months apart.
“Coke came in at a negligible cancer level at one can of Coke. That said, we found other manufacturers – like Pepsi – really quite a lot higher than Coke,” Dr. Rangan said. “Malta Goya, which is a Hispanic soft drink, was actually at 300 or more micrograms per 12-ounce serving.”
Read more at CBS NEW YORK.