There have been many news articles lately about Coke and Pepsi. They both have been cited for their caramel coloring containing carcinogens. Both companies are making changes to their formulas after California passed a law requiring drinks that contain a certain level of carcinogens to carry a cancer warning on their labels. The chemical in question for Coke and Pepsi is 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel).
Coke on the other hand has been in the news lately supporting their use of aspartame saying it is a “safe” sugar alternative. Aspartame has been found to cause cancer, leukemia, lymphoma and tumors in laboratory rats. So how is it a “safe” sugar alternative?
Aspartame is a synthetic chemical that is comprised of 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methanol. Nothing in that formula sounds like sugar to me! A single use of aspartame can cause a rise of phenylalanine in the blood; aspartic acid can cause amino acid imbalances in the body and methanol becomes formaldehyde, that right embalming fluid! Methanol is a neurotoxin and a known carcinogen. Statistics show that diet drinks outsell regular soft drinks by a large margin.
It is amazing that a lot is being done to make soft drinks safe to consume because it is a moneymaker, but little is being done about genetically modified organisms in our food supply. I personally would rather eat wholesome food than consume soft drinks. Besides consuming too many soft drinks, regular or diet, can have an affect on the skin. I look forward to your comments.
To read more on these topics, click on the following links:
Examiner.com. (2013). “Coke aspartame: Coca-Cola supports aspartame, a ‘safe’ sugar alternative”. Retrieved August 21, 2013, from: http://www.examiner.com/article/coke-aspartame-coca-cola-supports-aspartame-a-safe-sugar-alternative
Food Consumer. (2012). “Coke and Pepsi found to contain animal carcinogen”. Retrieved July 5, 2013, from: http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Safety/chemical/coke_pepsi_carcinogen_0311121128.html
Huffington Post. (2013). “Pepsi still contains too much carcinogen found in caramel coloring, group says”. Retrieved July 7, 2013, from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/pepsi-caramel-coloring-carcinogen-4-mel_n_3540683.html
Neporent, L. (2014). ABC News, “New diet coke ad reassures consumers about aspartame safety”. Retrieved August 21, 2013, from: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/diet-coke-ad-reassures-consumers-aspartame-safety/story?id=19958794
USAToday. (2013). “Environmental group finds carcinogen in Pepsi”. Retrieved July 3, 2013, from: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/07/03/group-finds-carcinogen-in-pepsi/2485643
Wells, S. (2011). NaturalNews.com, “Health Basics: What is aspartame? Retrieved August 21, 2013, from: http://www.naturalnews.com/034320_aspartame_sweetener_side_effects.html