Caramel Colouring


Everybody loves caramel! What could possibly be wrong about caramel coloring being added to food? Plenty, since the caramel coloring used as a fast food and grocery store product additive (it can be found in cola, Taco Bell's meat filling and Wendy's sweet and sour sauce, among other things) is actually a synthetic substance created from the reaction between sugars with ammonia and sulfites.


The resulting chemicals -- 2-methylimidazole and 4 methylimidazole -- have been linked to thyroid, liver and lung cancer as well as leukemia, and are among the recommended additives to be avoided by the U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest.