“Is it coz I is Coloured ?”

12-ounce Dr Pepper can sporting the new logo

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Just been reading the Label on my bottle of coca-cola (I was on my lunch break!) and had an interesting read on the additive  “Caramel – E150d”

It seems that this is just used to colour the drink – Its used in many fizzy drinks – I have a bottle of Dr Pepper infront of me and that too had this colouring in (as well as preservative –E211 which I may write about in a separate post)

This, so it seems is a chemically produced additive made using Ammonia which creates a by-product which is carcenogenic to Animals – SHOCKING !


Looks like this is also used in Health foods – Maybe theyre not as healthy as people think they are ! Also it can be produced from sugar beet or Maize starch and could come from GM crops.

And Just to end on a happy note !

The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) has concluded that commercially-produced caramel color has the same toxicological properties as caramel produced by cooking or heating sucrose, except for those prepared using ammonium (Class III and IV). Despite some claims that caramel is toxic or carcinogenic, or leads to intestinal problems,[5] the IPCS has found no evidence of carcinogenicity or mutagenicity in its extensive studies. Though one should note that it says: “Side effects: Side effects are manifested from the use of E150c and E150d, where intestinal problems may occur after ingestion of large amounts. Due to the complex nature of the mixtures, toxicology tests are still being carried out.”. And now California lists it as a carcinogen.




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