FOOD CHEMICALS: Profits Dip as America Catches on to Potentially Harmful Synthetic Additives in Diet Coke
Coke exec: Diet Coke under pressure
During a conference call with analysts Tuesday, a Coca-Cola executive noted that Diet Coke was “under a bit of pressure” because of people’s concerns over its ingredients, alluding to the growing wariness of artificial sweeteners in recent years…
Soda has been under fire from health advocates for several years now, and Americans have been cutting back on sugary fizz for some time. But in a somewhat newer development, diet sodas are falling at a faster rate than regular sodas, according to Beverage Digest, an industry tracker…
…the broader trend in the U.S. has been toward foods and drinks people feel are natural or organic. And Coca-Cola is clearly aware of the shift; the company is working on producing sodas made with natural, low-calorie sweeteners.
Problematic ingredients in Diet Coke
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-Caramel color : This food dye is processed with the use of sulfites and may be problematic for asthmatics and those people with sensitivities to sulfites or other health conditions. It is an immunosuppressive and can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Results from a recent scientific study have linked this food dye with cancer.
-Aspartame : Aspartame reportedly accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Reports of adverse symptoms include headaches, migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, skin problems, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, worsening of menstrual cramps, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses may be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame (possibly stemming from the methanol-formaldehyde conversion process): Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. A recent long-term human subject study funded by the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute suggests a link exists between Aspartame and blood cancers.
-Potassium Benzoate : Adverse reactions to benzoates in people with chemical sensitivities (including people with asthma and other respiratory conditions) and allergies (incl. to polyethylene glycol); symptoms may include skin reactions, headaches, breathing problems, swelling of face, throat, tongue, hands, and feet, weight gain, digestive problems, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, anxiousness, hyperactivity, and depression, to name a few. Benzoates have also been linked with a range of neurological problems. Benzoates are a salicylate source and as such those people who have adverse reactions to artificial salicylates (incl. aspirin) are usually advised to avoid processed foods containing benzoate preservatives.
-Natural flavors : Unknown origin