Artificial Fruit Drink Creates Its Own Cancer Causing By-Product

 
Benzene in soft drinks
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene_in_soft_drinks
Benzene in soft drinks is of potential concern due to the carcinogenic nature of the benzene molecule. This contamination is a public health concern and has caused significant outcry among environmental and health advocates. Benzene levels are regulated in drinking water nationally and internationally, and in bottled water in the United States, but only informally in soft drinks. The benzene results from decarboxylation of the preservative benzoic acid in the presence of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and metal ions (iron and copper) that act as catalysts, especially under heat and light.

 

 
Production of Benzene from Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Benzoate

http://truthstreammedia.com/artificial-fruit-drink-creates-cancer-causing-by-product/

From the American Chemical Society in 1993 – Benzene production from decarboxylation of benzoic acid in the presence of ascorbic acid and a transition-metal catalyst

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf00029a001

From 2008 Belgian study – Benzene formation from Sodium/Potassium Benzoate and Citric Acid is worsened by plastic bottle packaging
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf072580q

Diet Coke to drop additive in DNA damage fear
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1021820/Diet-Coke-drop-additive-DNA-damage-fear.html

Background
We undertook a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover trial to test whether intake of artificial food colour and additives (AFCA) affected childhood behaviour.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613063/abstract

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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