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What’s in Your Soda? FDA Looking at Caramel Coloring

Posted on 01/24/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCaramel coloring, the stuff used to give sodas their brown color, may sound harmless, but a new study shows it can contain a chemical that’s been linked to cancer — and the Food and Drug Administration is checking it out. Consumer Reports said it found higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, in a dozen brands of soda; 4-MEI is an impurity that can form in the manufacture of the coloring. The drinks tested by Consumer Reports were …

Really? Fries, Burned Toast Could Cause Cancer?

Posted on 12/4/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWe know french fries are bad for our waistlines, but now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants us to know that there’s another reason to cut back on them — a chemical called acrylamide, which forms in foods cooked at a very high temperature and which has been linked to cancer in animal studies. Acrylamide primarily shows up in plant-based foods that are fried, toasted or baked, like potatoes, cereals, breads, dried fruit, even roasted coffee beans. Evidently, the …