You didn't do your research on sodium benzoate and trusted a faulty news story.<quoted text>I'll give you a link about switching off DNA ~ it has been a chemical additive for years - E211.
*** Coca-Cola is phasing out a controversial additive that has been linked to damage to DNA and hyperactivity in children.
Sodium benzoate, also known as E211, is used to stop fizzy drinks going mouldy.
Coca-Cola said it had begun withdrawing the additive from Diet Coke in January in response to consumer demand for more natural products.
By the end of the year no can or bottle will contain E211.
The company plans to remove it from its other products as soon as possible, but said that at present it had not found a satisfactory alternative to replace the additive in some soft drinks with a higher juice content, including Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite and Oasis. The chemical is not used in regular Coke.
While sodium benzoate occurs naturally in some fruits, it is used in greater strengths by the soft drinks industry.
But research by Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology at Sheffield University, found that the additive could switch off parts of DNA, the genetic code in the cells of living creatures, that could be linked to cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's disease.
They used to call me the Chemical Queen or Chemical Detective down here, and I started a petition for better labeling for understanding the dangers of additives in our foods and beverages.
There is a book, The Chemical Maze, that is pretty handy when first trying to work out what is what. Interesting stuff, even tried ringing the Food and Drug board, and managed to get a list of all of the allowable chemicals and their % in each product.
Problem is, they're not responsible to letting anyone know what the maximum intake per product is, they're only responsible for making sure the maximum of additive is not over reached. Amazing stuff......
The FDA has clear guidelines for maximum intake and coke's is well below that - not that I would argue coke is healthy for you. Further, sodium benzoate is a carcinogen at high levels - that's how it alters DNA - but you never, ever reach those levels through diet.
Further, the studies were inconclusive.
It's great that you read second hand media about this stuff, but you should really double check with the actual science if you think it's so dangerous. It's quite simple, just google scholar, read the abstracts, read the available pdfs.
Your knowledge would expand exponentially if you did that.