Saturday, February 12, 2011

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) Soda List

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is vegetable oil that has had atoms of the element bromine bonded to it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brominated_vegetable_oil. It's used in many citrus flavored drinks that have a cloudy appearance. Clear lemon-lime sodas such as Sprite do not contain it.

Its use as a food additive may have harmful effects on health. BVO has been banned for use in food in several places including Europe and Japan, but it's legal in the United States. This article from Scientific American explains the history of BVO and its potential dangers: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=soda-chemical-cloudy-health-history.

This is a list of brominated drinks that I have found so far. I will keep this list updated for your protection.
  • Squirt
  • Diet Squirt
  • Mountain Dew (all)
  • Orange Crush
  • Pineapple Crush
  • Peach Crush
  • Sun Drop (all)
  • Gatorade ("some")
  • Sunkist Fruit Punch
  • Sunkist Peach
  • Sunkist Pineapple
  • Fanta Orange
  • Fanta Orange Zero
  • Fresca (all)
  • Refreshe Diet Grapefruit
(Edited 11/02/2011): A commenter today noticed that some flavors of drinks such as Sunkist do not contain BVO and instead have ester gum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol_ester_of_wood_rosin, which "...serves as a natural alternative to brominated vegetable oil, particularly in citrus-flavored soft drinks." Check the wiki for a list of drinks that contain ester gum.

16 comments:

  1. Fresca's labels no longer indicate they no longer use brominated vegetable oil, they used to as of last year .

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  2. I just looked at the fresca lables, its says brominated vegetable oil. there have been reports of people becoming partly paralyzed do to bromism which is bromine poisoning. The effect went away when all the bromine was out of their system. it causes gastrointestinal issues (trust me this isnt fun), as well as neurological issues including paralysis, its used in gasoline additives and insecticides. and the FDA APPROVES of this substance to be one of the 4 food additives which includes saccharin a cancer causing ingredient. Bromine also zaps the iodine out of your system leaving you with an iodine deficiency. The use of Bromine in food and drink is illegal in most countries. We should push for the US to follow suit.

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    1. Sources for your wild accusations?

      "FDA APPROVES of this substance to be one of the 4 food additives which includes saccharin a cancer causing ingredient." -What do you mean here? These 4 ingredients are technically labeled "interim food additives" by the FDA but you just make the jump to cancer causing without any reasoning or source. Even if this ingredient is bad you are not presenting full information.

      "Bromine also zaps the iodine out of your system leaving you with an iodine deficiency." -How does it do that? What is the medical explanation for this? What chemical reactions explain this?

      I dont think you are wrong to point these things out but you should try to give sources and explanations for your accusations.

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    2. The thought behind the Iodine "zap" is just that it has competitive binding for the Iodine binding sites. Since Iodine and Bromine are very close on the atomic level, both having 7 valence electrons and are of similar size, bromine can "fit" into an Iodine's binding site. Makes sense, but I'm not sure the biochemical pathway that breaks vegetable bromide down, or how good of a competitor Bromide is compared to Iodine.

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  3. so the regular sunkist does NOT have BVO? Only thing questionable I could find on the label is "ester gum"

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    1. If you had read the article above, it states that ester gum is a natural alternative to brominated vegetable oil...

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  4. I checked Mont'Dew throwback and it don't have it,thank goodness.

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    1. Mountain Dew throwback does have brominated vegetable oil. I wish this article focused on this extremely hazardous ingredient. I was hoping the throwback version would not contain it because I'd love to drink it again. As long as BVO is in it, you couldn't pay me to.

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    2. I BEG TO DIFFER ALL MOUNTAIN PRODUCTS CLEARLY STATE THE IT CONTAINS THIS BROMAINATED VEG OIL I USE TO ONLY DRIK DIET MOUNTAIN AND SUN DROP UNTIL THIS ALL CAME OUT SO MISSING MY FLAVORED SODA CHECKED THE BOX TONIGHT AT WAL-MART MOST DIFFERENTLY DIET MOUNTAIN DEW AND DIET SUN DROP BOTH CONTAIN THIS. I HAVE A VERY RARE CANCER THAT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THIS BVO

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  5. If citrius is involved then add Mello Yello, as well as any store brand orange or citrus sodas (same thing, just cheaper).

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    1. BVO is not in ALL drinks and definitely NOT all CITRUS Drinks. PepsiCo is the main culprit and SEVERAL....not ALL.... of their drinks have BVO. Mello Yello does NOT. Generic Brands do NOT.

      Best suggestion..... READ the LABEL.... FDA Requires it to be listed. BROMIATED VEGETABLE OIL.... BVO.

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  6. How do you eliminate BVO from your system? Do you simply stop consuming food items containing a bromine element?

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    1. I was drinking several Diet Mtn Dews a day. I found a scientific report of the associated ailments that go with BVO overdose. I had many. I stopped cold and never picked up another. BVO is NOT water soluble like Vitamin C or the B Vitamins. It wears off (best way to put it) Drink lots of water and non-BVO drinks. I felt MAJOR differences within 2 days.

      Google search on - BVO Overdose Symptoms - lots of info.....

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    2. AMEN I AGREE I USE TO CONSUME ONLY DIET MOUNTAIN DEW AND SUN DROP BEEN OFF THESE SODAS FOR ABOUT A YEARS AND I'M MUCH BETTER

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  7. Take theraputic doses of iodine ,( nascent, idorol, lugol's) which will drive it out.
    See web site: www.iodineresource.com. Great place to start.

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