Coke, Pepsi and other caramel-colored sodas are mainstays of many American diets. However, the chemical that turns that refreshing sweet soda its signature brown color may be a contributing factor to the development in cancer, if you believe the watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
4-MI and Cancer
In March of this year, CSPI submitted a request to the FDA that it require soda manufacturers to remove the chemical 4-methylimidazole, also known as 4-MI, from sodas. 4-MI is the chemical that turns soda a caramel color. It has also been associated with the development of cancer.
The CSPI’s request is a repeat of an earlier request last year, in which the CSPI revealed testing of sodas from the Washington, D.C. area that contained levels of 4-MI in excess of state maximum allowances. The FDA is currently reviewing the CSPI petition, but has made no immediate recommendations or changes to regulations regarding 4-MI.
Is Drinking Soda a Good Idea?
For many Americans, having a can of soda with lunch is almost an everyday event. However, high consumption of soda has been linked to the development of obesity and diabetes. High fructose corn syrup drinks, in general, are considered unhealthy. Even diet sodas have been linked with the development of diabetes and potential neurological problems. With this new information from the CSPI, it may make you reconsider whether that can of soda is really worth it or not. Instead of grabbing that can of soda with your lunch, drink a glass of bubble or spring water. Your body will thank you for it.
– The Alternative Daily