A Soda Ingredient Tied to Cancer Risk

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 20, 2015

When it comes to nutritious dietary choices, soda drinks don’t feature there. Now, there is a research that has tied soft drink ingredient with cancer.

soft drink health risksResearch at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an unnecessary colouring ingredient may pose a cancer risk, even to people who consume an average amount of soda. According to the researchers, drinking just one can of caramel-coloured soft drink a day could expose you to unsafe levels of a possible carcinogen.

The ingredient, 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) – a possible human carcinogen – is formed during the manufacture of some kinds of caramel colour. Caramel colour is a common ingredient in colas and other dark soft drinks.

A senior author of the study warned soft drink consumers that they are being exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary cancer risk from an ingredient that is being added to these beverages simply for aesthetic purposes.

 

 

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