Does Your Soda Contain Carcinogens?

Caramel 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 …

Diet Soda: Zero Calories, But Still Makes You Fat

Regular soda is full of sugar and calories that can make you fat, but what about no-calorie, diet soda? Shouldn’t it help keep you from gaining weight? A growing number of studies say no. In fact, drinking diet soda seems to have the same effect on your waistline as regular sodas, causing weight gain and a craving for more sugar, reports Msnbc.com. A new paper published in Obesity Reviews finds that consuming large amounts of fructose (a type of sugar), artificial sweeteners, and …

Sugar: Should Feds Make It A Controlled Substance?

It’s addictive and can lead to serious chronic disease, so why shouldn’t sugar be regulated by the government just like those other addictive, unhealthy substances, tobacco and alcohol? That’s the argument a team of health researchers from University of California, San Francisco, put forth in a report in the February issue of the journal Nature. Robert Lustig, M.D., and professors Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis, contend that it’s simplistic to dismiss sugar as merely “empty calories” that make people fat. …