By David Simmonds
Sodium cyclamate, an artificial sweetener, was banned in the U.S. nearly 40 years ago due to increased cancer risks. But now, after further testing, it is deemed safe enough to be used in 50 countries, including Mexico, which legalized it last year.
Not surprisingly, Coca-Cola jumped at the opportunity and added it to their Coca-Cola Zero brand, raising the ire of various consumer-advocate groups. You may have noticed, Mexican’s drink a lot of soda, the sweeter the better. Okay, sodium cyclamate is sold in 50 countries, and the U.S. can tend to be rather anal about these things. But the Center for Science in the Public Interest based in D.C., is definitely hitting below the belt when they warn that the ingredient can “increase the potency of other carcinogens and harm the TESTES”. Whoa!!!….if this claim reaches the Mexican male population (or female, for that matter) I’d guess that Zero is soon doomed. Personally, I’m sticking to beer and tequila. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/content/business/epaper/2007/08/29/a6d_mexicocoke_0829.html