Do you know what you’re really putting in your body when you drink soda? Many sodas have a chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in them, never heard of it? Well, it is patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant and is found in 10 percent of sodas in the United States. This is a huge problem because 85 percent of kids drink a beverage containing sugar or artificial sweetener at least one a week. And soda is the largest source of calories for teenagers who are between the ages of 14 to 18. Adults also consume soda, energy and sports drinks, and this makes up the fourth largest source of their calories.
Some soda drinkers have needed to seek medical attention after a soda binge and have suffered from:
- skin lesions
- memory loss
- nerve disorders
So, the next time you grab a Mountain Dew, Squirt, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Powerade Strawberry Lemonade or Fresca Original Citrus, make sure you take a look at the drink’s ingredients. These are just a few drinks that have BVO listed in their ingredients, which is required by the FDA. More popular sodas, like Coca-Cola or Pepsi, do not contain BVO.
This chemical is banned in sodas and other drinks in Europe. Even though soda companies are following FDA regulations, they might be out of date. This is because they are based on decades-old data. BVO can easily be replaced by something that is more safe for everyone. So until this happens in the United States, is drinking soda really worth it?
Information found from: environmentalhealthnews.org