By Jennifer Fugate, Contributing Writer
I just love the sound of a can of coke being opened. The fizzes mixed with the sweeteners literally make my mouth water every single time. Coca Cola has been one of my favorite drinks since before I can remember, in the womb. I blame my mother for my addiction because it is also her favorite soda of choice.
This is why it is so hard for me to believe that Coco-Cola and Pepsi are actually changing the recipes for their drinks even though they claim that their products will still taste the exact same. There is a chemical called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI, that is dispersed in the liquid unfortunately over the legal limit and apparently has been poisonous to animals. However the FDA says that a person would have to drink 1,000 cans of soda every single day to have the same risk as animals.
If someone can actually drink 1,00o cans of pop a day, they should be awarded a medal of honor and put in the Guinness Book of World Records. I mean they aren’t changing the recipe in the UK because the Europeans don’t believe that the products are actually health risks, so why is the U.S. so overly-cautious about these kinds of things?
Coca Cola and Pepsi are actually changing their recipe to below the legal amount of 4-MI in order to avoid having to put a cancer warning label on each bottle or can. Some health-food fanatics are upset about the soda company’s reasoning for doing this. They think that the company is more interested in preserving sales than actually ridding its products of known cancer-causing substances and protecting the health of their loyal customers.
But honestly the U.S. seems to be the only ones getting their panties in a wad about this. It might be scientifically true that an ingredient in the caramel coloring can cause cancer in these soda products; however if we worry about the little things like small amounts of 4-MI, then we will miss the big picture and all of the avid Coca Cola and Pepsi fans will no longer get to enjoy one of the few things in life that makes them truly happy, a real Coke.
Jennifer Fugate is a junior Electrical Engineering major at SMU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.