Caramel Color

Flavors + Colors

Potentially Harmful
Caramel colors are a complex mixture of compounds produced by heating carbohydrates under controlled heat and chemical processing conditions. They are divided into four classes according to the manufacturing reactants used. Labels listing caramel color may include any of the 4 classes (10 types) of caramel color.
Health Impact
Some types of caramel artificial coloring contain a potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemical called 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI).
Caramel Color in Soft Drinks and Exposure to 4-Methylimidazole: A Quantitative Risk Assessment
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