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The health risks of fizzy drinks don't end with sweeteners...

by , 05 July 2013

If you think artificial sweeteners are the only dangerous chemicals in fizzy drinks, you're wrong. Read on to discover which other ingredient makes fizzy drinks the most destructive blend of chemicals being sold for consumption today.

If fizzy drinks are your drink of choice, there’s bad news for you.

Sugar and aspartame (the sweetener used in most diet drinks) are only the beginning when it comes to toxic ingredients found in fizzy drinks.

According to Health Bytes, a leading consumer group is now pushing for a ban on one ingredient that may not even sound all that bad: Caramel colour.

Caramel colour: One of the most dangerous chemicals found in fizzy drinks

Don’t be fooled, caramel colour is no creamy syrup. It’s the byproduct of a pressurised treatment that combines sugar with ammonia and leaves behind two compounds in particular that you definitely don’t want to drink: 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole.

California has already added 4-methylimidazole to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer and set a safe upper limit of 16mcg a day.

According to the consumer group, the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a can of cold drink contains more than eight times that amount, 130mcg.

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t banned this chemical science marches on and new research finds that cancer isn’t the only risk that could come from caramel colour.

One new study on rats finds it could even reduce white blood cell counts, leading to immune-system damage.

The best way to avoid it all is to switch to black or green tea, hot or iced, you can’t beat the taste and it’s loaded with real health benefits instead of deadly risks.

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