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Dangerous ingredient in popular sports drink

February 22, 2013
By Junia Depina of Douglass High School



           In early February Pepsi Co Inc. said it would remove its controversial synthetic ingredient from its citrus Gatorade sports drinks. The ingredient is a brominated vegetable oil. BVO is also patented as a flame retardant. Molly Carter, who is a spokeswoman for the company stated Friday that “The removal of the brominated vegetable oil has been in the works over the past year.”

          I don’t understand why the Pepsi Co. would put that type of ingredient when they know the dangers. I am very supportive of Sarah Kavanagh petition. Junior Devion Lewis Stated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

         Mississippi teenager Sarah Kavanagh launched an online petition asking Pepsi Co to remove the ingredient. Kavanagh used to drink Gatorade frequently before she found the ingredients used in Gatorade. The ingredient is added often to citrus drinks to help keep the fruit flavoring even without it, the flavoring would separate. The ingredient is banned in Japan and the European Union. Ten percent of drinks sold in the United States contain BVO.

         Scientists’ studies have shown that the BVO causes the same damage as other brominated flame-retardants which links to a build up in body tissue and may cause impaired brain functioning and reduced fertility.

        The Kavanagh petition is online at Change.org for more information.

 

By Kierra Bradshaw


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