Soda is one of the most popular beverages in the typical American household. It is sweet and fizzy, what more could you ask for? However if you like the citrus sodas like Mountain Dew or Sprite you may be getting more than you bargained for. Some of the citrus flavored sodas contain a chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO). It is a synthetic chemical that is used to preserve the flavors in the soda. It was first developed and used as a flame retardant. Japan and countries in Europe have banned this chemical. Overexposure to BVO has caused people to seek medical treatment for nerve disorders, memory loss, and skin lesions. So one might wonder, why 10% of all sodas in America have this.
The purpose of the BVO is to keep the flavoring in the soda from separating from the other ingredients and floating to the top of the soda container. The FDA has a limit for the amount of BVO that is allowed to be used and that limit is 15 parts per million. When you ingest bromide, it affects the amount of iodine that your body takes in which can be dangerous not only for your thyroid but for your skin and other organs as well.
Here is a list of some of the drinks that contain BVO:
– Sunkist Pineapple
– Mountain Dew
– Fanta Orange
– Fresca Original Citrus
– Gatorade Thirst Quencher in Orange
– Powerade Strawberry Lemonade
Pay attention to the ingredients when you drink soda. A better idea may be to just eliminate it from your diet completely. Regular soda is filled with sugar and empty calories and the diet sodas are even worse because of harmful chemicals in artificial sweeteners.