Dark-colored sodas are considered worse for health than light-colored sodas because they have a chemical called 4-methylimidazole that is used for coloring, which was classified as potentially carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The chemical is abbreviated as 4-Mel, but it is listed on food labels as "caramel coloring" or "artificial coloring".Know More
California's Proposition 65 law requires all sellers to disclose a warning on any food or beverage that exposes consumers to more than 29 micrograms of 4-Mel per day, and Pepsi One and Malta Goya sodas tested higher than 29 micrograms per sample in a 2013 test by Consumer Reports. Because they exceed the limit of the law, they are required to have a warning label.
The United States Food and Drug Administration does not consider the levels of caramel coloring in foods to pose a health risk to consumers. The FDA is conducting tests on various foods and beverages with the chemical to determine its safety. If consumers have questions regarding the safety of 4-Mel in foods and beverages, the FDA offers a frequently asked questions page. While light-colored sodas may not be considered healthy, they do not include 4-Mel coloring in the ingredient list.Learn more about Soft Drinks
Crystal Light is not unhealthy, particularly for those wishing to cut their caloric intake. An 8-ounce serving contains only five calories and 25 grams of sodium, which is about 1 percent of the Food and Drug Administration's recommended daily allowance.Full Answer >
No side effects of bovine growth hormone in humans have yet been scientifically proven, according to the FDA. Recombinant bovine growth hormone is a synthetic version of a growth hormone that is injected into dairy cows in the United States to increase milk production.Full Answer >
Research in rodents indicates that consuming powdered okra seed and peel extracts for up to 28 days reduces blood-sugar levels significantly and normalizes triglycerides, but no scientific proof exists for humans, as of 2015. Also, okra may interfere with metformin, a medication to help manage blood sugar, notes Healthline.Full Answer >
The simplest option for toning down overly darkened hair is to wash the area with a clarifying shampoo that has a drying effect. This method would strip away some of the color, leaving behind a lighter shade. Another alternative is to create a homemade solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda into an everyday shampoo. Lather it in, then wait 15 minutes before rinsing.Full Answer >