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  • mjcole82 commented on rosemarytea's instructable How to Make Sarsaparilla1 month ago
    How to Make Sarsaparilla

    You are both right and wrong. In the middle of the last century a study determined safrole to increase the risk of liver cancer after feeding them the equivalent of 32 bottles worth of sarsparilla soda. As a result, all commercially made root beers and teas had to switch from the natural root to another root or artificial flavors. A more modern study has shown a link between low doses of safrole and the self-destruction of certain cancer cells, namely oral cancer. And point number 4 is a good point. Many other spices contain safrole but have gained no attention of the FDA. So the real answer is that, as with many thing, the FDA has no friggin clue what the actual long term effects are and if they are overall positive or negative. My opinion is that having a sarsparilla soda from time to...see more »You are both right and wrong. In the middle of the last century a study determined safrole to increase the risk of liver cancer after feeding them the equivalent of 32 bottles worth of sarsparilla soda. As a result, all commercially made root beers and teas had to switch from the natural root to another root or artificial flavors. A more modern study has shown a link between low doses of safrole and the self-destruction of certain cancer cells, namely oral cancer. And point number 4 is a good point. Many other spices contain safrole but have gained no attention of the FDA. So the real answer is that, as with many thing, the FDA has no friggin clue what the actual long term effects are and if they are overall positive or negative. My opinion is that having a sarsparilla soda from time to time is probably completely safe and possibly helpful. But I am no doctor or scientist and is just my opinion.

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