Everyone’s knows it’s not quite good for you. We’ve all heard those rumors that Coca Cola can melt the paint off a car. But causing cancer – now, that’s a new one. The artificially created “caramel color” which gives the soft drink its particular color, is created using ammonia and sulfites, known carcinogens.
As the SF Chronicle writes, “Here’s the recipe for caramel color: Create a chemical reaction of sugars with ammonia — yes, ammonia — and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures to form 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. In California, 4 MI is listed as a known human carcinogen.”
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