Many drink Diet Coke as if it was water, but it would be a poor replacement with all the bad rap science is giving it. 4-methylimidazole, the identified chemical in a Consumer Reports study has been labeled a potential carcinogen.
Soda is so popular in the U.S. that half of Americans between the ages of 6 and 64 now drink enough of the beverage to face a cancer risk from 4-Mel.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer deems the chemical causes cancer. California law has begun limiting its use as food ingredient starting 2011. However ae consuming enough of it putting their health at risk.
All is not that bad. Consumer Reports says “at this level of consumption, we would expect to see between 76 and 5,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. over the next 70 years from 4-MeI exposure.”
That’s a very small rate. However what makes it disturbing is that Mel-4 is absolutely has no value. The chemical does the very important job of making your beverage the color “brown.” Yeah, 4-Mel is just a food coloring
Often listed as “caramel coloring” under your soda’s ingredients).
It’s also one of the latest items in the list of health concerns associated with soda. Aside from increasing the risk of developing type 2-diabetes, soft drinks don’t have a lot going for them.
Consumer Reports revealed that Malta Goya and three Pepsi products (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi One) led with the most Mel-4 concentration while Coca-Cola had the least amount. It must be the healthiest I suppose. Mel-4 is present in anything that is brown food or drink, even bread, dark sauces (soy or barbeque), pancake syrup, and soup, according to the report.
The Food and Drug Administration told CNN in an interview that the current level of Mel-4 usage doesn’t pose any danger to consumers’ health. But they’re testing food and drinks “to determine if any regulatory action needs to be taken.”
The American Beverage Association repeated the FDA’s position in a statement on CNN, and confirmed that the organization will be manufacturing a caramel coloring that will contain less 4-Mel.