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Researchers warned that regularly drinking soda could raise one’s cancer risk due to a carcinogenic byproduct of caramel color.
Caramel color is a common ingredient in colas and other dark-colored soft drinks, and the manufacturing process of some forms of this type of food dye involves the possible carcinogen 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reported. Data has suggested that between 44 and 58 percent of people over the age of six consume at least one can of soda per day.
“Soft drink consumers are being exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary cancer risk from an ingredient that is being added to these beverages simply for aesthetic purposes,” said Keeve Nachman, PhD, senior author of the study and director of the Food Production and Public Health Program at the CLF and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “This unnecessary exposure poses a threat to public health and raises questions about the continued use of caramel coloring in soda.”
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