Soda color in cancer link

There’s a liquid out there so dangerous that even the COLOR of this stuff can kill you.

Yet millions of people drink it every single day — and odds are, you’re one of them.

It’s that sludge called soda, of course, and new research finds that one of its most basic ingredients — “caramel color” — can cause cancer and damage the immune system.

And if that sounds like it might just be chemical paranoia, consider this: “caramel color” is made by cooking sugar in ammonia.

You read me right: Sugar mixed with ammonia, heat-treated under pressure, creates a color so strong it can even mask whatever cola really looks like.

And it’s every bit as healthy as it sounds, because the process also produces 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole — chemicals found in government tests to cause lung, liver and thyroid cancers as well as leukemia in laboratory animals.

One of those byproducts, 4-methylimidazole, is currently being added to California’s list of known carcinogens. Once it takes effect, anything that contains more than 16 micrograms of this junk would need a warning label.

Surely, the amount of this stuff in soda can’t come close to that… right?


A 20-ounce bottle of caramel-colored soda typically contains 200 micrograms of 4-methylimidazole.

Cancer isn’t the only risk associated with this deadly color — a new study on mice finds it can also reduce white blood cell count and diminish immune system function.

Now, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has fired off a petition to the FDA, urging them to ban this ingredient from soft drinks… and the FDA, in turn, says they’ll think about it.

But really, why bother?

Anyone who thinks soda is safe — or that diet soda is healthy — is either dumb or delusional… and this new warning isn’t going to change their minds.

Maybe the soda makers should even advertise the toxic ingredients, like a dare.

You know what? I’ll bet sales won’t suffer one bit.

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