This artificial coloring is used in baked goods, pancake syrup (the fake syrup, especially sugar free) and soy sauce, can lead to the development of a potentially cancer causing chemical called 4-MEL. (no...i'm not kidding here with my nickname!) There was a consumer report test...in CA and NY. Why? That state has put 4-MEL on its list of carcinogens (cancer causing ingredients). Any product that has more than 29 micrograms per day is over CA's "safe level" and supposed to get a CANCER-WARNING LABEL on it! Ideally, there should be NO 4-MEL in any food or drinks...Despite the fact that Pepsi One was one of the brands that contained way above 29 micrograms per can, Pepsi Co refuses to put a warning label on their product. Why not? Because they say that the "average soda drinker" ingests about 1/3rd of a soda can per day (1000 milliliters a day), so with that average ingestion level, people are safe. Uh, HELLO!!!! When you open a can of soda, do you only drink a third of it and throw the rest away? How many people do you know drink SEVERAL cans a day....every day....? Here are the results by soda brand for the 2 states tested, NY & CA - you judge for yourself! Drink water or seltzer!!!
(# of micrograms per can of soda - over 29 is considered carcinogenic & should have a warning label)
Pepsi One - NY: 195, CA 43
Diet Pepsi - NY: 183, CA 30
Pepsi - NY: 174. CA 29
Dr. Pepper NY: 10, CA 10
Coca-Cola NY: 4 CA 4
Diet Coke NY: 4 CA 4
Seriously folks....do we need any more info as to why soda (both regular and diet) are bad for us? Especially those who want to lose weight????? Ok, made my point!! Happy March everyone!!!