Dr Pepper cherry: dye content

July 27, 2011 |

Dr Pepper cherry is a soft drink with only TWO nutrients: carbonated water and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) that constitute for 98% of the content.  The rest 2% are unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals like sodium benzoate (see Southampton University ADHD studies), phosphoric acid (rust converter) and an artificial color Red 40, number one food colorant in the USA (see CSPI report Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks). Of course, you get NO cherries, except those you can see on the label. Let’s take a look inside.


Dr Pepper Cherry: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content
Dr Pepper Cherry: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

Most of the risk diagram is red due to the presence of five bio-chemically foreign food additives. Yellow segments represent risk that you take with benign food additives which in general are of low acute toxicity.  However, it is good to keep in mind, that, for instance, caffeine  is 4.5 times more toxic (LD50 ~ 200 mg/kg; see Caffeine MSDS, Section 11) than morphine (LD50 ~ 900 mg/kg) (see Introduction to Food Toxicology, page 9). Even caramel coloring may not be as innocent as it seems to be.

So with Dr Peper cherry instead of proper hydration you get very high risk of DDFI = 36/8 ~ 4.5 and very low nutritional value of DDNF = 8/53 ~ 0.15.

Because there are no real fruits in both Dr Pepper cherry and previously reviewed Crash strawberry, their actual compositions are about the same. Imagine, cherry = strawberry!

Dr Pepper cherry is equal strawberry

As you can see, to concoct their “cherry” for you they have used almost half amount Red 40 added to mimic strawberry. What make the two tastes different are perhaps artificial flavors. However acetophenone may help to mimic both cherry and strawberry. So please don’t be fooled by the “fruit fraud”. Here is much healthier alternative to any sodas:

S. PELLEGRINO Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

S. PELLEGRINO Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, 23.5 FL OZ (750 ml), $1.50

This mineral water which you can find at Wal-Mart stores is an excellent thirst quencher. No sugars, no artificial colors.  Hydrate yourself right! Stop the “fruit fraud”!

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Category: Food Dyes Exposure, Soft drinks

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  2. stephen says:

    Your crazy. Dr. Pepper Cherry is great. You can not name one single death of this product that wasn’t a medical complication prior to the ingestion of this product.
    What other suedo sciences would you like me to disprove?

    • DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

      Thank you for the entertaining comment. Where did I say that you are dead after a bottle of Dr Pepper? Try to disprove that azo dyes do trigger ADHD in children. Don’t forget to earn an advanced degree in biochemistry first. Good luck!