The dangers of caramel coloring have long been known due to being a chemical derivative of ammonia, but I had not seen a particular article that so perfectly explained the differences in types and danger levels of caramel coloring. Did you know that there are four different kinds of caramel coloring?
The name “caramel coloring” is so misleading. It is often associated with dark brown sodas that have a syrupy flavor that remind us of caramel candy. But by no means is caramel coloring made from caramel candy. It is actually the product of heating sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high temperatures, with the end result being a compound that government studies have found to cause liver, lung and thyroid cancer in laboratory mice.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has actually called on the FDA to eradicate this dangerous compound from our food supply or at least have companies that choose to manufacture foods with this dangerous chemical to place a warning label on the container.
Special thanks to this advocacy group, because the CSPI has been successful in getting labels on chemicals like Olestra and Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils. Hopefully, caramel coloring will be their next big success story.