Another Reason Sodas Cause Cancer
March 16, 2006
Traces of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have been found in French and British soft drinks, at levels up to eight times those allowed in drinking water.
This follows on the heels of similar results for drinks tested in the United States.
It has been known for 15 years that sodium benzoate, a preservative, can produce benzene when mixed with ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Many are concerned that the two chemicals are still being mixed together in many drinks.
Although no more than one part per billion of benzene is allowed in drinking water in Britain, there are no legal restrictions on the amount present in soft drinks.
Benzene is associated with leukemia and other cancers of the blood. It is generally found in pollutants such as car exhaust fumes.