Wednesday, December 14, 2011

And to think I drank this stuff for years. Thankfully I switched to water and juice recently. And beer. :)

Flame Retardant in Mountain Dew

From the Environmental Health News:

Patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant, and banned in food throughout Europe and Japan, BVO has been added to sodas for decades in North America. Now some scientists have a renewed interest in this little-known ingredient, found in 10 percent of sodas in the United States.
The FDA limit for brominated oil in sodas is based on outdated data from the 1970s, so scientists say the chemical deserves a fresh look.  Their concern is that it builds up in tissues, and may have the same effects as brominated flame retardants.After a few extreme soda binges — not too far from what many gamers regularly consume – a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine. Other studies suggest that BVO could be building up in human tissues, just like other brominated compounds such as flame retardants. In mouse studies, big doses caused reproductive and behavioral problems.

 via Gizmodo

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