New studies are popping up every day on the safety of the ingredients in our food supply. Much of the information out there is not based in sound science - so it’s easy to not know what to believe.
A recent article in The Washington Post took a deeper look into the science behind common ingredients that many people believe are harmful. The reporter found that many of these fears are often unwarranted.
“When it comes to many of the most popular ‘facts’ spread vigorously today, the truth is actually a good deal less clear,” reporter Roberto Ferdman writes.
Ferdman finds that a good deal of what’s said about things like genetically-modified foods, aspartame and high fructose corn syrup is wrong, and there is evidence that shows these ingredients aren’t “dangerous.”
For example, some people believe that aspartame causes cancer. “We don't know this. In fact, numerous studies show—and a growing scientific consensus believes—that just the opposite is likely true,” he points out correctly. In fact, the National Cancer Institute studied more than 500,000 people and found no link between aspartame consumption in beverages and cancer.
GMOs unsafe to eat? “That isn't true,” he says, pointing to conclusions of government safety agencies and the American Medical Association. High fructose corn syrup, he states accurately, is practically identical chemically to natural sugar.
We at Sip & Savor know that the Internet is full of advice and claims about ingredient safety as well as nutrition, and it can be hard for consumers to determine what is accurate. That’s why we created Let’sClearItUp.org - to provide science-based answers to the questions you may have about beverages. Our member companies are transparent about the ingredients in their wide range of refreshing and safe beverage choices, some of which have been around since the 1800s.