Shock news: Is that flame retardant in your soda?
We couldn’t believe our eyes when we stumbled across this article by Treehugger.com. Why? The piece states that brominated vegetable oil – a patented flame retardant banned in Europe and Japan – can be found in the ingredients list of around 10 per cent of sodas in the US.
The ingredient is not in Coca-Cola, according to the website, but is found in Fanta Orange, some flavors of Powerade, Gatorade and Mountain Dew.
On the website, Coca-Cola explains what effect brominated vegetable oil (BVO) has on soda: “[It works to] prevent the citrus flavoring oils from floating to the surface in beverages.”
The site goes on to state that what BVO does when it’s acting as a flame retardant is not much different, slowing down the chemical reactions that cause a fire.
But is it safe for consumption?
The FDA established safety limits for the substance in the 1970s. However, Environmental Health news reports about growing concerns that the limit was informed by reports put out by an industry group containing outdated and, as industry-generated information tends to be, less-than-comprehensive data.
You can view the full, original article by clicking here. Has this put you off drinking soda? Or do you drink natural fruit juices anyway? Share your views below.
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