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flame retardant chemical found in US soft drinks

flame retardant chemical found in US soft drinks

from natural news: A substance patented as a flame retardant and banned as a food ingredient throughout Europe and in Japan is present in 10% of all soft drinks in the US. The December 12, 2011 issue of Environmental Health News reviews the history of this toxic ingredient, including the fact that "extreme soda binges - not too far from what many video gamers regularly consume" have resulted in skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders. Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, Squirt, some flavors of Gatorade and Powerade, as well as other fruit-flavored beverages contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO). On the Nutrition Connection page of its website, the Coca-Cola Company, which manufactures Fanta, defines BVO's as "stabilizers to prevent the citrus flavoring oils from floating to the surface in beverages." In other words, as Environmental Health News explains, BVO weighs down the citrus flavoring so that it mixes with the other soda ingredients, just as flame retardants slow down the chemical reactions which can cause fires.

  1. Anonymous

    December 25, 2011

    i really like the picture

  2. thanks! i photoshopped it myself, was gonna put pepsi in the clouds but…

  3. Anonymous

    December 26, 2011

    You could have called your paper "Flame stopper chemical found in US soft drinks"
    The single fact that a substance used as a flames retardant is added in a soft drink doesn't proof it to be dangerous or toxic.
    Pure water, wich can be described as a "flame stopper chemical" is neither toxic nor dangerous.
    In fact I agree with you upon the fact that sodas are probably not healthy drinks, but IMO your paper doesn't give any clue that flames retardants are the main cause of their toxicity.

  4. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011

    wow dude drink another coke bone head

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