Feb 23, 2011 - 10:08 am
Are Coca-Cola and Pepsi Guilty?
Caramel Color in Soft Drinks May Cause Cancer
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) believes that the caramel color used in Coca-Cola and Pepsi could cause cancer, reports ABC News. Yet, the soft drink industry denies that caramel color is harmful. CSPI is requesting that the FDA ban certain types of caramel color in soft drinks and other foods. They say that their request is based on research completed years ago by the National Toxicology program, which found that a contaminant in caramel coloring caused cancer in mice and possibly rats. CSPI explains that caramel color isn't as innocent as it sounds. While pure caramel is made by heating sugar, the caramel color used in Pepsi and Coca-Cola is produced by reacting sugars with ammonia. CSPI says that the chemicals created by the reaction are proven carcinogens.