Rum was my choice of poison for a long time – and something I was glad to let go of, about 6 years ago, when I could afford to be a douche.
Three ice cubes and a little lime almost always made the drink perfect. Yet drinking it with water or soda as some men do was never my thing.
It somehow ruined the joy of a few shots of rum and speaking of which, there were a few nights when some of us had one too many.
Of course, drinking rum neat would never sit well (no, we’re not talking about Captain Morgan spiced rum, if that stuff is still around).
I’d add Coke, as most guys who enjoy rum do. But as with all good things that must come to an end, this habit of binging on rum had to come to an end, thanks to suffering with a toothache.
All that soda, probably, took its toll.
Yet speaking of the ill-effects of soda, another controversy has been raised in the past, thanks to the addition of brominated vegetable oil .
What is Brominated Vegetable Oil? Put simply, it’s a vegetable oil that is used in a number of citrus-flavored drinks. Oh well, and a toxic flame retardant too, if that should get your attention.
That said, it still continues to be used in sodas in both the United States and Canada, and is considered to be an “interim food additive”. Europe and a number of countries in Asia, on the other hand, have banned this substance.
One might wonder why this substance is still used despite the controversy. That’s because it prevents the water and flavors from separating into layers, giving it a cloudy appearance.
But most of all, and much like high fructose corn syrup which is used as a sweetener in most processed goods, it’s cheap to produce in large quantities.
Speaking of large quantities, the real issue surrounding using brominated vegetable oil is that consuming a large amount of soda causes bromism.
Yes, we’re talking about sodas such as Gatorade, Fresca, Powerade, Mountain Dew and Fanta.
Using Brominated Vegetable Oil – Pros & Cons
As discussed earlier, bromism, which increases levels of bromine in our body, causes a iodine deficiency and is referred to as ‘Brominated Thyroid’.
Some of the symptoms that are caused by ‘bromism’ are organ system damage, growth defects, birth defects, memory loss, cancer, heart and kidney disease, fatigue, simple headaches and weight gain.
That said, and with pending toxicology reports still pending on this substance, the FDA still continues to allow BVO content in these drinks in the proportion of about 15 parts per million.
So, it bodes well, that with the current system allowing BVO to be a part of sodas that one should watch out for not going overboard with their soda intake.
So, is there anything else that you would like to share about brominated vegetable oil ? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.