Soft drinks consumption data exposes people to potentially harmful and carcinogenic byproduct of caramel color, analyzed public health researchers. Caramel color is a vital and common ingredient of dark soft drinks and colas. Results portray that 44 to 58% of people more than 6 years of age consume at least a can of soda on daily basis, if not more. This exposes every individual to 4-methylimidazole (4MEI), a human carcinogen.
Caramel Coloring May Cause Carcinogenic Disorders
The potential carcinogen forms particularly during the production of the characteristic caramel color added to a number of beverages worldwide. In California, there is a caveat that any drink that contains 4-MEI should come with a warning label.
Researchers at Baltimore based Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future tested 110 soda brands and their samples and estimated that these drinks contained levels of soda that ranged from 9.5 mcg to 963mcg/liter. The concentrations varied area wise and remained more or less consistent in one area or state. Routinely consuming beverages can ultimately result in exposure to 4-MEI carcinogens in excess of 29mcg each day.
Diet Colas Has High Concentration Of 4-MEI
The regulatory standards laid down by the states may impact and has indeed regulated the levels of 4-MEI carcinogens from beverages. The author of the entire study Tyler Smith, on the rolls of a program officer at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future conjectured that “For example, for diet colas, certain samples had higher or more variable levels of the compound, while other samples had very low concentrations.”
Inviting Cancer For Esthetic Delight?
The author intends to analyze consumption of sodas and categorize them into mutually exclusive categories as – Cola, Diet-Cola, Root Beer, Pepper Cola and Non-Diet Cola. Dr. Nachman, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health commented that soft drink consumers are getting exposed to unnecessary carcinogenic chemicals during caramel coloring. It may risk the human beings their life; incidentally, the chemical is added merely for esthetic purposes.