Dr Oz: Flame Retardant Ingredient In Mountain Dew
Did you know that many chemicals are banned all over the world, but some of those chemicals are still making their way into products here in the United States? In this Dr. Oz Alert you will be stunned at the loopholes some companies use in order to put these dangerous chemicals into the very foods and drinks you are buying for your family. These shocking health threats are putting your kids at risk and you do not even know it.
Dr Oz: Banned Ingredient Found In U.S. Soda
Are you a soda drinker? Would it surprise you to hear that there is an ingredient in soda that is actually a flame retardant? That ingredient is banned in 100 countries, but it is still being slipped into the soda and sport drinks that you and your family are drinking. It is called Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) and was originally formulated by scientists as a flame retardant for children’s bedding and clothing, but soda companies began adding it to their products to keep the ingredients from separating while it sat on the shelf. Why have we not heard about this health threat before and, more importantly, why is it still being used in these drinks?
Dr Oz: Gatorade Contains Flame Retardants
Dr. Michael Jacobson from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, explained that Brominated Vegetable Oil is a food additive that is added to some drinks to give them certain properties, like citrus flavored sodas and sports drinks. They are beverages you or your kids could be drinking! Heather White from the Environmental Working Group told Dr. Oz that there are dangers to your health if you are consuming BVO in your favorite beverages. She noted studies in recent years that have shown a buildup of Brominated Vegetable Oil in breast milk as well as causing a problem with thyroid hormones and neurological development.
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Dr Oz: Video Gamers High Risk For BVO Poisoning
Heather White cautioned that video gamers are at the highest risk for developing health problems from consuming BVO. She said this is because it is found in the types of beverages that players of video games will often drink so they can stay up all night playing a video game. They will often drink an extremely high amount, which has been found to cause memory loss, a loss of muscle control and even skin lesions in some cases.