Which Has More Caramel Coloring Carcinogens: Coke or Pepsi?

Which Has More Caramel Coloring Carcinogens: Coke or Pepsi?

September 17, 2019 62 By Ewald Bahringer


caramel coloring may be the most widely consumed food coloring in the world unfortunately its manufacturer can sometimes lead to the formation of a carcinogen called methyl midazolam which was identified as a cancer-causing chemical in 2007 and so for the purposes of their prop 65 labeling law California said the daily limit at 29 micrograms a day so how much cancer my caramel colored soft drinks be causing we didn’t know until now a hundred and ten soft drink samples were tested off store shelves in California and around New York none of the carcinogen was found in sprite for example which is what you’d expect since it’s not caramel colored brown among sodas that were the highest levels were found in Goya brand soda and the lowest in Coke products about 20 times less than in Pepsi products interestingly California Pepsi was significantly less carcinogenic than New York Pepsi presumably because of the law in California this supports the notion that labeling laws like prop 65 can incentivize manufacturers to reduce food borne chemical risks rather than just wish they could all be California to protect consumers around the rest of the country federal regulations could be a valuable approach to reducing excess cancer risk but how much cancer are we talking about Johns Hopkins researchers calculated the cancer burden an estimate of the number of lifetime excess cancer cases associated with a consumption of the various beverages so at the average u.s. soda intake with the average levels of carcinogens found Pepsi may be causing thousands of cancer cases especially non California Pepsi products which appear to be causing 20 times more cancer than coke of course no need for any of them to have any carcinogens at all but we don’t have to wait for government regulation or corporate social responsibility we can exercise personal responsibility and just stop drinking soda altogether cutting out soda may reduce our risk of becoming obese and getting diabetes and fatty liver disease and hip fractures and rheumatoid arthritis and chronic kidney disease and maybe gout as well in children daily soda consumption may increase the odds of asthma fivefold and increase the risk of premature puberty in girls raising the likelihood they start getting their periods before age 11 by as much as 47% if you look at the back of people’s eyes you can measure the caliber of the arteries in their retina and the narrower they are the higher the risk of high blood pressure diabetes and heart disease if you do these kinds of measurements on thousands of 12 year olds and ask them about their soda drinking habits children who consume soft drinks daily had significantly narrower arteries so the message to patients can no longer just be eat less exercise more it matters what you eat specific dietary advice should be to significantly reduce the consumption of processed food and added sugar and to eat more Whole Foods you