One State Can Make a (Sweet) Difference

Coke and Pepsi are still both deadly if you consume them regularly and in sufficient amounts. Yet Coke has got a leg up on Pepsi recently by reducing its product’s ability to cause debilitating or deadly illness in one form.

the centre of the years-long controversy is the iconic soda’s caramel colouring. An ingredient, 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, allegedly poses a danger to those who drink cola. That’s according to the U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest.

In 2011, the state of California listed 4-MEI as a carcinogen, forcing the coke companies to slap cancer warning labels on every can sold in the state, National Public Radio in the U.S. reported.

The products were tested outside of California in May and June by Eurofins Analytical laboratory in Metairie, La. The chemical wasn’t in any of the products in California.

Coke says it’s made the transition across the country so that it wouldn’t have to deal with two separate batches of product.

Diet, and regular cola products still cause obesity and addiction. The products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup, a chemical sweetener derived from corn, cause higher diabetes rates in countries where it is sold.

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