“Well, to make Root Beer, you’d have to actually use Sassafras, but since those kids at UC Davis proved it is dangerous…”
“Uh, what? Kids at UC Davis?”
I was chatting with an acquaintance about Gruit, Ginger, and Root Beers, and she threw this into the conversation.
According to her, a group of grad students at UC Davis were bored with their research projects and decided to use the facilities to research the potentially hazardous nature of several flavorings commonly used in soft drinks, because according to her, the students thought the FDA never really researched food additives. Sticking it to the man, using grant money and facilities to do research they thought would benefit humanity.
They picked 5 flavorings, one of which was Sassafras Oil, and dosed up a bunch of their lab rats with them.
Of the 5, the only strong correlation they got was with the Sassafras.
Now I’m going to have to confirm this!