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.
Dr Oz: Brominated Vegetable Oil Considered Safe By FDA
Brominated Vegetable Oil is banned in Europe and even Japan, but yet it is still being found in beverages here in the United States. Dr. Michael Jacobson explained that back in 1970 the FDA moved BVO from a list of safe products to one that included products they were not sure about, pending further testing. Dr. Jacobson said that no quality testing has been done in the 43 years since the FDA made that decision. He added that companies could easily solve the problem by using the same types of food additives that are used in Europe and Japan, but the Food and Drug Administration has done nothing to require them to do so. Companies are basically using this loophole so they can continue putting this dangerous chemical in your soda and sport drinks.
Dr Oz: Safe Replacement For Brominated Vegetable Oil
Dr. Michael Jacobson told Dr. Oz that the FDA could simply snap their fingers and require companies to make changes and stop using BVO as an ingredient in certain beverages. He added that it would be as simple as replacing the Brominated Vegetable Oil with safer ingredients like Guar Gum or Gum Arabic just like they are already doing in other countries. Dr. Oz is frustrated with the companies, but said they are absolutely following government guidelines, so the change needs to happen with the FDA. They need to change their regulations and force companies to choose safer ingredients for their products.
Dr Oz: Gatorade BVO Petition
Dr. Oz introduced his audience to an impressive young lady named Sarah. She noticed that Brominated Vegetable Oil was an ingredient in her Gatorade, so she researched it a bit and found that that it was a flame retardant that could cause several side effects. Sarah took action and created a petition requesting that Gatorade remove the ingredient from their products. She told Dr. Oz that she already has over 200,000 signatures on her petition.