The Main Ingredient Of Root Beer Is No More
Sassafras used to be one of the main ingredients when making root beer, but this is no longer the case. This is because sassafras contains an ingredient called safrole, which is actually carcinogenic. Tests revealed that it contributed to liver cancer in rats when given high doses. This led to the ban on sassafras by the FDA.
Today’s modern root beer no longer uses sassafras, instead relying on other ingredients in order to achieve the same flavor. Some have stated that recent studies have failed to prove that the effect in rats has occurred in humans, making the ban not worth it. Other ingredients like nutmeg also have safrole, and that isn’t banned either. So, is there really the need to ban it outright when safrole is still out there?