January 30, 2013

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

Posted in WAKE UP FYI tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:15 pm by PCOSLady

Story that created my post on BVO:
Teen Sarah Kavanagh is making headlines after raising questions about the safety of an ingredient in Gatorade. “TODAY” reports she noticed brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, on the ingredient label. She Googled it and was shocked to find out what it was. In extreme cases, BVO has been found to cause convulsions and heart beat malfunction. Fox News reports Gatorade will release BVO-free versions of the drinks. BVO is banned in other countries, including Japan, India, and parts of Europe.
Source: Morning Rush
Tags:morning rush,brominated vegetable oil,bvo,gatorade
Mountain Dew has it!
Gatorade did have it! (Pepsi removed it)
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Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
Manufacturers can legally add brominated vegetable oil (BVO) to citrus-flavored beverages in the United States and Canada in controlled amounts (no more than 15 parts per million (ppm) by weight). However, BVO is banned in more than 100 countries. The US Food and Drug Administration classifies it as “suspect.” In 1990, the United Kingdom banned bromate in bread, and in 1994, Canada did the same. Brazil also recently outlawed bromide in flour products.
Bromine is extracted from sea water and is deadly in either liquid or vapor form. Bromines are endocrine disruptors and are part of the halide family of elements, which also includes fluorine, chlorine, and iodine. If you are exposed to a lot of bromine, the body cannot retain iodine as it should. According to some experts, this iodine deficiency causes an increased risk for cancers of the breast, thyroid gland, ovary, and prostate.
Symptoms of bromine toxicity
Bromine is a central nervous system depressant and can lead to psychological symptoms, such as acute paranoia. It is estimated that no less than 20% of all hospital admissions for acute paranoid schizophrenia between 1920 and 1960 actually were misdiagnosed brominism. Until 1975, bromine was used in sedatives.
Other symptoms of bromine toxicity include:
~ Skin rashes
~ Severe acne
~ Loss of appetite
~ Stomach pain
~ Fatigue
~ A metallic taste in the mouth
~ Cardiac arrhythmia
Where bromine is found
Bromine is found in:
~ Pesticides
~ Plastics
~ Bakery goods (used in flour as a “dough conditioner” called potassium bromate)
~ Soft drinks (including Mountain Dew®, Gatorade®, Sun Drop®, Squirt®, Fresca®, and other citrus-flavored sodas) in the form of BVO
~ Certain medications, including some inhalers and nasal sprays
~ Toothpastes
~ Mouthwashes
~ Hair dyes
~ Textile dyes
~ Automobiles
~ Fire retardants
~ Hot tub and swimming pool treatments
Some companies, such as Pepperidge Farm®, make their products using only unbromated flour.
BVO is a vegetable oil which has had its density increased to that of water by combining it with bromine. BVO is used in:
~ Soft drinks
~ Citrus-flavored beverages
~ Ice cream
~ Ices
~ Baked goods
Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks: Would You Drink Flame Retardant?
Here are some alternatives to consider:
Need your caffeine fix? Brew a cup of organic coffee. (Yes, tea is probably healthier than coffee, but if you’re used to soft drinks, the level of caffeine in coffee will give you a more comparable caffeine kick.)
Like the sweet taste of sports drinks? Add a splash of 100% fruit juice to your good old H20.
Do you prefer drinks with carbonation? Add carbonated water to your 100% fruit juice.
Worried about electrolyte balance? Although electrolyte balance may become important in extreme cases (marathons, ultramarathons, Ironman competitions, etc.), many sports drinks don’t have the appropriate ratio of electrolytes to effect levels of electrolytes anyway. Good news: Your body is designed to balance its own electrolyte levels. In fact, some of the so-called “performance boost” athletes find from sports drinks may come from the brain’s response to the taste of sugar. If you’re an extreme athlete, consult with your coach, but remember, humans got along just fine before Gatorade.
Just can’t give up sweetened drinks? At the very least, check the label. Don’t buy drinks with brominated vegetable oil (or BVO) listed as an ingredient. Even better, choose all-natural and organic drink brands.
Drinks to Avoid: Mountain Dew, Squirt, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Powerade Strawberry Lemonade and Fresca Original Citrus.
~ Dr Mercola … The Psychosis-Inducing Beverage Ingredient You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… January 11, 2012
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