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Millions of Americans may be Putting Themselves at Risk for Cancer by Daily Consuming Sodas

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The caramel coloring in sodas like Coca-Cola and Pepsi may be putting consumers at risk for developing cancer, a new study has revealed.

According to researchers from Consumer Reports and the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, these sodas contain a potential carcinogen called 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). The chemical is formed during the manufacture of caramel colorings in many sodas. A massive number of people are at risk: Between 44 and 59 percent of American adults report drinking at least one can of soda per day. The scientists published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE, according to Newsmax Health.

“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 the study’s senior author Keeve Nachman, director of the Food Production and Public Health Program at the Center, in a press release viewed by Medical Daily. “This unnecessary exposure poses a threat to public health and raises questions about the continued use of caramel coloring in soda.”

Last year, a study by Consumer Reports’ research scientists analyzed 4-MEI levels in soft drinks from California and New York and found that each 12-ounce bottle or can contained anywhere from 3.4 to 352.5 micrograms of 4-MEI. There are currently no federal regulations regarding the levels of 4-MEI that are permitted in food or beverages, so California lawmakers opted to require manufacturers to add cancer warnings to the labels of products containing more than 29 micrograms of the chemical, Medical Daily reported.

Last year, Consumer Reports petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set limits for 4-MEI. According to Newsmax Health, Consumer Reports’ most recent analysis predicts there will be between 76 and 5,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. over the next 70 years linked to 4-MEI exposure.

“We believe beverage makers and the government should take the steps needed to protect public health,” said Urvashi Rangan, executive director for Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center, in a press release obtained by Medical Daily. ”California has already taken an important step by setting a threshold for prompting Prop 65 labeling based on daily 4-Mel exposure from a food or beverage, such as a soda. This study sought to answer a critical question: How much soda do American consumers drink on average?”

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