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Soda Is Even More Dangerous Than We Thought Thanks to 1 Ingredient

Posted by on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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Soda Is Even More Dangerous Than We Thought Thanks to 1 Ingredient

by Adriana Velez

colaI know it's hard to believe, but science has found yet another reason why soda is even worse for you than we thought. The most common soda coloring is dangerous to your health. One kind of caramel coloring, which gives your soda that lovely golden-brown hue, contains 4-Mel, which can cause cancer. Consumer Reports found some sodas with levels of 4-Mel high enough to require a warning, and yet it was not listed in the ingredients. So that's super. 

The good news is that you can have your brown soda and drink it, too. There are other kinds of caramel coloring that do not contain 4-Mel, and soda companies can and should change theirs. But it also makes me wonder -- why do we need our cola to be brown in the first place?

If you really think about it (and okay, I have a tendency to over-think everything), it's odd that we're so attached to the idea that cola has to be brown. I remember a while back when Pepsi Crystal and Clear Tab were introduced -- and bombed. The people did not like it! 

Logically we know that the color of a food shouldn't affect the taste. But it kind of does, right? And why brown, anyway? Is it just because that's what we're used to? I'm sure whatever original ingredients were in the soda might have been naturally brown, and eventually they got replaced with "caramel coloring" and the like. And this is why turquoise or magenta soda aren't as popular. (Which is a pity.)

This focus on caramel coloring isn't new, by the way. Coke changed its formula and ditched the 4-Mel two years ago. I don't think anyone noticed a difference in taste or color. 

Anyway, if you're curious about which sodas contain the most 4-Mel, Consumer Reports lists the following: 365 Everyday Value Dr. Snap, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi One, and Goya Malta. The FDA told Consumer Reports they thought levels of 4-Mel in food were safe, but thanks so much for the heads-up, they'll test again. (Hmm ...)

Do you feel like the color of your soda affects its taste?

by on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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CrunchMaMaBear
by on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM
I dont like soda lol
AromaDrops33
by Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM
Not surprising, glad I don't drink soda!
-PB
by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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Everything causes cancer.  There are probably at least 10 other reasons why soda is bad for you.  Not at all surprising that they are adding another ingredient to the list of bad ingredients.

Saharra
by Bronze Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM
Good thing I like Coke, huh?
Sunshine257
by Bronze Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM
Well I won't be drinking Pepsi anymore.
mommymom1284
by New Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

 Me too!

Quoting Saharra: Good thing I like Coke, huh?

 

a_and_j_momma
by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Thank goodness I don't drink soda
Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I'd say the caramel coloring is a comfort color, reminds us of chocolate maybe (just pondering.)

I'd never heard of this food coloring or the danger.  I wonder if it is also in root beer. :(

Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Oh no! A&W root beer does contain it. :( 

biomom1437
by Member on Jan. 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM
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ya i used to drink pop but gave it up about a year ago.. bc i figured if i don't drink pop maybe my dd won't be that interested in it some day when she is older.. (and ya i said pop) we say pop here in michigan... lol..

Quoting a_and_j_momma: Thank goodness I don't drink soda


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