Soda Ingredient Poses Cancer Risk to Millions of AmericansYou may think twice about drinking dark soft drinks again after reading the research from a new study carried out by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The study has found that millions of Americans who consume soda every day are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer as a result of an ingredient contained in the drinks. The ingredient 4-Methylimidazole, commonly known as 4-MEI, is a coloring used by soft drink makers to give their beverages that distinctive dark hue. It can be found in many popular soft drinks, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Diet Cola. This ingredient is a carcinogen that has been found to increase rates of malignant tumors when fed to mice and rats in laboratory studies. Despite this research, the FDA has not restricted its use as a caramel coloring agent in food and drinks. FULL REPORT