- Carbonated water – Carbonated water is water that contains carbon dioxide gas.
- Artificial coloring – Phosphoric acid Artificial colorings are also called certified colors because they need to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These man-made coloring agents are cheaper and more effective for adding color compared to their natural counterparts that are derived from fruits, vegetables and minerals.
- Potassium benzoate – Potassium benzoate is a chemical preservative that is commonly added to some foods and drinks, but most notably soft drinks. Foods and soft drinks that contain potassium benzoate contain both potassium and benzoate salt. While benzoate by itself appears to be harmless, certain chemical reactions may convert it into a more harmful compound called benzene. According to the FDA, when benzoate is exposed to light and heat in the presence of vitamin C, it can be converted into benzene. Many soft drinks contain both potassium benzoate and vitamin C, resulting in residual amounts of benzene. According to the American Cancer Society, benzene is considered a carcinogen, meaning that it is thought to either cause cancer or encourage its growth.
- Citric acid – Citric acid is a weak organic acid. It is a natural preservative/conservative and is also used to add an acidic, or sour, taste to foods and soft drinks.
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