ISLAMABAD: People who consume one or more cans of cold drinks per day are exposing themselves to a potential carcinogen, warns a new study.
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, IANS reported.
“Soft drink consumers are being exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary cancer risk from an ingredient that is being added to these beverages simply for aesthetic purposes,” said Keeve Nachman, senior author of the study.
“This unnecessary exposure poses a threat to public health and raises questions about the continued use of caramel colouring in soda,” Nachman of Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future (CLF).
“This new analysis underscores our belief that people consume significant amounts of soda that unnecessarily elevate their risk of cancer over the course of a lifetime,” said Urvashi Rangan, executive director for Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center.