Dark-colored sodas are considered worse for health than light-colored sodas because they have a chemical called 4-methylimidazole that is used for coloring, which was classified as potentially carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The chemical is abbreviated as 4-Mel, but it is listed on food labels as "caramel coloring" or "artificial coloring".Continue Reading
California's Proposition 65 law requires all sellers to disclose a warning on any food or beverage that exposes consumers to more than 29 micrograms of 4-Mel per day, and Pepsi One and Malta Goya sodas tested higher than 29 micrograms per sample in a 2013 test by Consumer Reports. Because they exceed the limit of the law, they are required to have a warning label.
The United States Food and Drug Administration does not consider the levels of caramel coloring in foods to pose a health risk to consumers. The FDA is conducting tests on various foods and beverages with the chemical to determine its safety. If consumers have questions regarding the safety of 4-Mel in foods and beverages, the FDA offers a frequently asked questions page. While light-colored sodas may not be considered healthy, they do not include 4-Mel coloring in the ingredient list.Learn more about Soft Drinks
Diet sodas contain less calories than regular sodas. Sugar is the main contributor to the calorie content of regular sodas. In diet sodas, sugar is substituted with low-calorie sweeteners, which in turn reduces the calorie content of the end product.Full Answer >
Different orange sodas vary slightly in ingredients; however, the ingredient list for Sunkist orange soda includes carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and sugar. The soda also contains caffeine, citric acid and sodium benzoate. Other ingredients include modified food starch, glycerol ester of wood rosin, ascorbic acid and yellow and red dyes.Full Answer >
Coke is not healthier than Pepsi because both sodas contain very similar ingredients. The major difference between the two is the amount of sweetness. From a health perspective, both beverages are full of calories and sugar, making regular consumption a cause of health issues and weight gain.Full Answer >
According to Health magazine, some of the adverse effects of diet sodas are weight gain, an increased risk of diabetes and the physical toll taken on the body due to the over-consumption of artificial sweeteners. Diet soda also has no nutritional value.Full Answer >