6/26/13

A Weapon of Mass Destruction--In a Can

I found this enlightening quote today on Mercola.com


 Mountain Dew, one of the worst beverages you can drink, uses brominated vegetable oil as an emulsifier. Not only that, it contains high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, more than 55 mg of caffeine per 12 ounce can, and Yellow Dye #5 (tartrazine, which has been banned in Norway, Austria and Germany.)
A weapon of mass destruction -- in a can.
 
There is a dew drinker in our home. He is not addicted. He can stop anytime he wants. He just loves the flavor (something I will never understand as I wouldn't drink it if my insides were on fire). At one time, the concern came up that yellow dye caused infertility. Hmm, four kids and 8 pregnancies prove that is not a worry. So, the few minutes he pondered giving it up were wasted. Caffeine and sugar didn't seem enough of a concern either for he who must not be named. But lately, my handsome dewer has been researching brominated vegetable oil and it has him concerned.

Doing the dew is not the only way to guzzle brominated vegetable oil. It is also present in Gatorade, Sun Drop, Squirt, Fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas. Drink it up and you may find a decrease in Thyroid function. "It is a halogen which depresses iodine which may depress thyroid function" (Iodine Project). It has also been linked to psychosis, brain damage, seizures, depression, hallucinations, and memory loss...to name a few. What a great way to take the bliss out of your citrus!

Potassium Bromate is a flour enhancer and as such is found in bakery goods. It is a dough enhancer and cuts down on time needed to mix the bread, thus saving company time and money. But the trade off is that this enhancer which is found under the label "enriched flour" or "Bromated Flour" is linked to cancer in laboratory rats. It is banned in Canada and Great Britain but the FDA only encourages bakers to use unbrominated flour. I will now encourage you to steer clear of anything made with enriched flour which is most anything aside from 100 percent whole wheat.

I have mentioned before that the more you know, the more you wish you didn't. I love strawberries. My kids love them. My pound cake loves them. My smoothies love them. Unless they are organic, 90 percent of them will be covered in carcinogenic, neurotoxic Methyl Bromide. Darn you! If it is red and juicy and comes from California, it is toxic. And my own crop has given me only one, measly little guy...which I went to eat in secret so no one would ask for a bite...shh. It was delicious and completely bromine free.



Brominated Vegetable oil, Potassium Bromate, Methyl Bromide. All members of the same family. All pose possible health risks. All are completely unnecessary. Easy to avoid if one cuts out soda, processed junk food and (sniff sniff) conventionally grown strawberries from California. Sounds easy right? Not! So why bother? It can't be that bad, because I can pronounce it.. actually it took a little practice to say Brominated Vegetable oil without stumbling.

The fact that it is banned in other developed countries made my eyebrows go up. Bromine is a naturally occurring element. It is toxic and according to the CDC, can cause the following:

  • Breathing bromine gas could cause you to cough, have trouble breathing, get a headache, have irritation of your mucous membranes (inside your mouth, nose, etc.), be dizzy, or have watery eyes.
  • Getting bromine liquid or gas on your skin could cause skin irritation and burns. Liquid bromine that touches your skin may first cause a cooling sensation that is closely followed by a burning feeling.
  • Swallowing bromine-containing compounds (combinations of bromine with other chemicals) would cause different effects depending on the compound. Swallowing a large amount of bromine in a short period of time would be likely to cause symptoms such as nausea and vomiting (gastrointestinal symptoms).


  • Why then, would I take a chance with it in my food? As usual the powers that be insist that a little is supposed to be okay. A little manure in my food won't hurt me either, but I sure as heck don't want it there. The problem with "a little" is that when your diet consists mainly of pesticide laden fruits and vegetables, processed bread products, and soda, we are not just getting a little. And this is what the Standard American Diet consists of. Eat out at a restaurant and you will get it in the bread, the salad and the drink. Out to eat is what Americans do. Bromides are another reason to start cooking again! There is just too much junk in food. Too much sickness in this country. I rarely spend my time worrying about the weapons of mass destruction that may or may not be in the middle east. It is the ones in our food supply that have me worried. How do we defeat the enemy? Take them to Burger King and buy them a Dew!

    Resources:King Arthur Flour, Mother Nature News, Mercola, CDCThe Iodine Project

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    35 comments:

    1. Mercola always has awesome articles on his site. I love this one. Neither my husband or I were ever "doing the dew" but I find it interesting. He just recently gave up the majority of his soda addiction, now he only gets sugar based soda on special occasions. Still, it's a wonder how people don't see the correlation between food choices and health. Isn't it?

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    2. Darn additives! It's hard to enjoy eating anymore, unless I make it. And then sometimes I still wonder! Good article though.

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    3. Great information in this post! Thanks for helping get the word out. It makes me cringe to think that I used to drink Mountain Dew (for only a few short years in junior high, but still!). We all need to know what we're putting in our bodies. It's so sad that we can't just assume food is safe.

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    4. I gave up most of my pop drinking. However, occasionally I do like to enjoy a Mt Dew. I joke that I need to do a science project to have a visual how bad it is and the fact that I am sure it is ripping up my insides. I may not need to do a science project anymore since I read this article. Thanks for the share.

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    6. I LOVE MOUNTAIN DEW! But I've not drank it in many years due to the things listed above. For me it was the taste. There was something about the taste that I still find myself craving from time to time. We now are a clean eating family so no soda is allowed. But I will be honest there are times I want to sneak me some mountain dew.
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    7. I never liked Mountain Dew ever! But I was addicted to Diet Pepsi which I drank for 40 years, at least one (but more like several) a day, every day. Then after reading about all of the nasty chemicals and bad for you stuff that was in a Diet Pepsi I decided to give it up. This March 9th was one year!!! WooHoo!

      You know what? I feel better! My energy is steady throughout the day, and I found that I really Love water, which I rarely drank. I think it has improved my health in so many ways since stopping drinking soda over a year ago. It was not easy, but so worth it!

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    8. I will be sending this post to my son, the MT Dew addict :( He work's nights, so he needs the caffeine to stay awake! He doesn't like coffee.

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    9. Scary stuff. Thanks for the write-up...more people need to hear it.

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    10. I never was a pop drinker but I sure hated giving up those strawberries. Organic isn't always available here. I guess it just makes them more special when they are around.

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    12. Never touch this stuff, but thankful you're spreading the word! Thank you so much for linking up with us this weekend at One Sharendipity Place!!
      Sue @TheT2women.com

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    13. Thank you for sharing this. I have a son that loves Mountain Dew and I try to make him understand how bad it is for him. I use to drink soda all the time myself and I rarely have soda now. Fabulous post and thank you, Beverly

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    14. I've worked in the dental field for almost 30 years, and Mountain Dew is a dentist's favorite and least favorite soft drink. It's his favorite because those who drink it regularly usually have LOTS of cavities. The citric acid is very destructive to teeth. Add 12 teaspoons of sugar to that equation, and you have the formula for disaster and a mouth full of cavities.

      And Mountain Dew is a dentist's least favorite soft drink, because we hate to see our patients get cavities. Really we do.

      So if you'd like your dentist to be happy and broke, quit drinking Mountain Dew. If you'd like him to be sad and rich, keep drinking!

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    15. Ouch! I'm a Dew lover, but have had to switch to diet Mtn Dew for sugar reasons. To me, there is no other drink worth mentioning. I have quit various times, but I enjoy the flavor. However, I do think it's important not to drink too much, so I'm cutting down.

      Lisa
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    16. What yucky yucky stuff! Got it pinned and tweeted!

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    17. Awesome post! Thanks so much! Linda

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    18. Crazy! Seriously, where are they going to stop? :/

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    19. My husband LOVES Mountain Dew. I think it tastes nasty, but I sure love Dr. Pepper. Why doesn't the FDA quit being idiots so we can have the safe(r) versions other countries get?

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    20. My Hubby Is a Dew drinker also. And I agree with the gal who said why we have to get the yucky not so good for ya stuff, when other countries get a safer version. But, we had a friend who was a strong Christian man who was a trucker and he always prayed for God to sanctify his food as all of it was on the road and who knew what was in it.
      Good Information, but I love vanilla coke!
      Blessings, Roxy

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    21. Great article. My husband is a big Mt. Dew drinker and I have cautioned him over the some of the same points your bring up.

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      1. Husbands are stubborn creatures. But they have to make up their own minds about that. We just love them all the same and hope they come to their senses.

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    22. Wow. My son loves Mt. Dew. I love caffeine free diet pepsi. I only drink it once or twice a week though. But still, pop just isn't good for us!

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    23. Interesting post! Thank you for linking it at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    24. I was a loyal pop drinker one two liter bottle a day. Even when I found out that it takes 30 gallons of water to wash the toxins out my body. Then one day my step son shared an article with me that high fructose corn syrup contained in all mainstream carbonated soft drinks is contaminated with mercury. My husband was sick for two years due to mercury poisoning from silver/mercury fillings, that was it I quit that day, we have found some with cane sugar and really like the Whole Foods brand.

      Also anything diet, sugar free etc contains aspartame which is also toxic to the body.

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    25. Wow, I didn't know all that stuff about the Bromine family. Thanks for sharing this info with us!

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    27. I have always known and heard that Mountain Dew is bad for you. Now I have the details! Thank you so much for pulling this information together and linking it up on my mommy resource linky party!

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    28. I used to do the Dew but gave it up because my tastes changed and I couldn't handle the sugar rush anymore. Than I got pregnant...and developed gestational diabetes and had to abstain from sweets of all kinds. After six months of deprivation I kept fantasizing about what my first sweet treat after baby would be. I decided I wanted a Mountain Dew and LOVED it....except now I'm addicted again. Isn't that amazing? One serving after more than a year of not drinking it and I was hooked all over! That's how powerful this junk is! Time to wean myself back off!

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    29. I'm not much of a soda drinker - and stuff like this just makes me want to stay away from it even more! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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    30. Man - this is so true. I drink a grand total of 2-3 sodas a year and I HATE Mt. Dew. Yuk! Toooooo sweet and disgusting!!

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    31. I love Diet Coke, never did the Dew, but decided I'm better off with water, although now I see that even my water, if not in the right container, could be dangerous. . . . *sigh*

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      1. Isn't that the truth? And the water itself if it is fluorinated, etc. Some days it is scary to put anything in my body at all!

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