I know plenty of people who enjoy drinking Gatorade because it helps with their system, especially when they’re actively doing anything physical. I only found out recently that this drink actually contains flame retardant. Specifically, the product contains a material called “bromated vegetable oil” and a young drinker was conscientious enough to google this and call PepsiCo, the maker of Gatorade, to its attention.
Fifteen year old Sarah Kavanagh petitioned for the removal of the bromated vegetable oil (BVO) ingredient from her favorite drink, and lucky for her, the manufacturing company listened. BVO is said to be used to protect plastic, so that it doesn’t easily catch fire. Which is to say that having this inside the body is not actually good. It’s flame retardant properties is toxic for our system.
When Sarah petitioned PepsiCo, the company first defended that BVO is actually approved for use by the FDA. But as Sarah’s petition caught the attention of a lot of groups, that it earned around 200,000 signatures.
After much consideration, PepsiCo is said to be reformulating Gatorade, removing BVO in its ingredients. The website for this product still lists BVO, however, there are reports that soon, PepsiCo will be using sucrose acetate isobutyrate as a replacement. Beginning next month, Gatorade products whould be BVO-free, but current Gatorade products already being sold in the market are not being recalled.
For your own safety, do read the labels properly before you eat or drink them, as they could cause potential, life-long harm that may not be reversed.
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