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coca colaBy Robyn O’Brien for

Coca-Cola just announced that they are tweaking their recipe in order to avoid having to carry a cancer warning label on their cans due to carcinogenic concerns over the caramel coloring used.

And in all honesty, this move can’t come too soon.

Especially given that guys between the ages of 12 and 29 consume, on average, half a gallon of soda a day.

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Since the late 1970′s, the soft drink consumption in the United States has doubled for females and tripled for males. And according to the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA), consumption of soft drinks is now over 600 12-ounce servings per person per year, making soft drinks the single largest contributor of calorie intake in the United States, reported a 2004 study.

As you might suspect, “systematic reviews of evidence conclude that greater consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased calorie intake, weight gain, diabetes, and obesity,” reports researchers at Yale. Papers not showing this effect are generally funded by the beverage or sugar industries.

And it’s not the first time that potentially harmful ingredient have been highlighted in soda products. Flame retardants are added to Mountain Dew, citrus flavors and even certain types of Gatorade to keep the ingredients from separating, reported Rodale.

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