Have you heard about 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel)? It’s the new kid on the
block that has joined the long list of cancer causing ingredients. It’s
found in the caramel coloring of colas, soft drinks and other items.
4-Mel is a chemical that forms during the cooking process when caramel
coloring is used. As a result, trace amounts of it are in many foods,
not just soft drinks.
California is the only state to make headway in the fight against the
poison. California forced Pepsi Co Inc, and Coca-Cola Co. to change
their formulas to decrease the level of coloring. This allowed the soda
companies being able to avoid putting cancer warning labels on their
The Center for Environmental Health tested Coke and Pepsi products for
the carcinogen in California and from across the country.
Their findings showed California free from the toxic chemical but if you
are in any other state, the toxin is still in their products. In fact,
Pepsi’s level of 4-Mel are four to eight times higher than what the
state of California deems safe.
I don’t think any soda is a “safe” choice to drink. It doesn’t matter
what state you are in or how much you drink. Soda is poison to your
system and blocks valuable mineral nutrition from supporting your
health, even without this cancer-causing carcinogen. Pass on drinking
any type of soft drink. It’s not worth your health or your life to
drink something that’s so poisonous even without the carcinogen in its
caramel color. California isn’t any better of if they’re still drinking
soda in my opinion.
Pepsi has defended the level of 4-Mel in its drinks saying the FDA and
other regulatory agencies around the world consider their drink safe.
Somehow that doesn’t give me a feeling of safety. The FDA considers a
lot of things safe that are known to cause harm. Just listen to the
T.V. adds about different drug being promoted. The wonderful benefits
of drug (such and such) are pictured in beautiful, idealistic settings
with inspiring words until you get to the side effects which are said
very fast, the last side effect being death. And if you die, be sure to
let your doctor know. Then the add quickly sums up again the wonderful
benefits of the medicine.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The first time I heard these ads
admitting death as a side effect in a very nonchalant way—Oh by the way
inform your doctor of your death as if dying was no big deal. Tell that
to the parents of children who have died from drinking energy drinks,
caffeinated drinks, etc. I maintain “a poison is a poison” and should
not be allowed in our food or pushed onto us by cleaver marketing that
numbs us to the dangers of said product.
Somehow the words “buyer beware” have taken on a greater meaning to me.