What is Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)?
Why is BVO added to soft drinks?Colas and other aerated drinks are fundamentally acidified and sweetened water with several added flavours and colours. Since many of these additives do not dissolve easily in water, they are first added to vegetable oil and the oil is then mixed with the water to form a homogenous emulsion. Oil has a lower density than water so after a while, the oil in an emulsion starts to separate and float towards the top. Bromide is a heavy element so when it is added to the oil, it prevents the oil from separating from the water and floating to the top of the drink. Mountain Dew, Fanta and Gatorade are three of the most popular drinks that contain this food additive.
What are the Brominated Vegetable Oil Side Effects?So why all the
- Skin Lesions
- Memory Loss
- Muscle Weakness and Muscle Fatigue
What’s being done about it?The US Food and Drug Administration first classified Brominated Vegetable Oil as safe but in the 1970s it changed its verdict and gave BVO an “interim” status which means that it can be included in food products but in limited quantities. Today, BVO is banned in more than a hundred countries around the world.