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Center for Environmental Health: Mountain Dew Madness: What’s That Flame Retardant Doing In My Soda?
February 22, 2012, 11:09 am
Filed under: News

We all know that sodas are full of sugar, buy you may be surprised (and grossed out) to find that a chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a patented flame retardant, has also been added to  approximately 10% of sodas for decades in North America.  No need to worry about your soda catching on fire!

You might think that the health effects of an ingredient that’s used in a common food would be well studied. In the case of BVOs, that’s not so. There are remarkably few published research studies.  But what do those few studies tell us about BVO’s health effects? Reduced fertility, behavioral problems and transfer in breast milk from moms to babies. Enough that I don’t want to be drinking these chemicals!

There have also been a few cases of people needing medical attention after soda binges for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders which are all documented symptoms of overexposure to bromine. BVO’s are even more problematic for children (who have lower body mass) and for teens—groups with the highest soda consumption.

Environmental Health News (EHN) reported that BVOs are found mostly in citrus flavored sodas and beverages to keep the fruit flavoring suspended in the drink; that is why the drink looks “cloudy.” Drinks containing BVOs include:

■Mountain Dew
■Fanta Orange
■Sunkist Pineapple
■Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange
■Powerade Strawberry Lemonade
■Fresca Original Citrus

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