Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Cancer-Causing Chemical Still Found in Pepsi: Environmental
The caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains a troublesome
level of a possible cancer-causing chemical, according to the
environmental watchdog group The Center for Environmental
The chemical 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel) can form during the
cooking process and may be found in trace amounts in many foods. In
March, Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. both said they would adjust
their formulas in the United States after California passed a law
that forced drinks with a certain level of carcinogens to carry a
cancer warning label, the
Both companies made the formula changes for drinks sold in
California when the law passed. While recent tests showed that Coke
products no longer contain 4-Mel, Pepsi products sold outside of
California still do, The Center for Environmental Health said.
Pepsi said its caramel coloring suppliers are changing their
manufacturing process to reduce the amount of 4-Mel. The switch is
complete in California and will be finished in February 2014 in the
rest of the U.S., the
Pepsi said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other
regulatory agencies worldwide consider Pepsi's caramel coloring
safe. Trace amounts of 4-Mel have not been linked to cancer in
Long John Silver's Has Least Healthful Meal: Watchdog Group
Long John Silver's serves the least healthful meal in the United
States, according to the watchdog group Center for Science in the
The group tested the restaurant chain's Big Catch meal -- which
includes batter-fried haddock and side dishes such as hush puppies
and onion rings -- and found that it has 33 grams of trans fat.
That's more than two weeks' worth of the two-grams-per-day maximum
recommended by the American Heart Association, the
Los Angeles Timesreported.
The AMA says that trans fats increase the risk of heart disease
and stroke, and are also linked to type 2 diabetes. Some other fast
food chains, such as Taco Bell and KFC, phased out trans fats years
The analysis of the Big Catch meal also revealed that it
contains 19 grams of saturated fat, 1,320 calories and nearly 3,700
milligrams of sodium, the
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