The Drink More Flame Retardant Tour

by The Editors on January 3, 2012

180Px-Mountain DewAs if Mountain Dew’s caffeinated, carbonated high fructose corn syrup weren’t enough of a strain on the health of snowboarders and skateboarders, scientists are now suggesting further study of another of the soft drink’s ingredients brominated vegetable oil, according to a story on Scientific American.

Patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant, and banned in food throughout Europe and Japan, BVO has been added to sodas for decades in North America. Now some scientists have a renewed interest in this little-known ingredient, found in 10 percent of sodas in the United States. . . After a few extreme soda binges—not too far from what many gamers regularly consume—a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine.

Hell yeah! Drink more Mountain Dew, kids. You may have all kinds of problems, but at least you won’t spontaneously burst into flames.

Guess we’re going to have to rename that action sports tour the “flame retardant, caffeinated, carbonated high fructose corn syrup tour,” or the FRCCHFCS Tour for short.

[Link: Scientific American]

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