Now I know no one considers Mountain Dew a healthy drink but I wonder what people truly think when they discover what they are actually consuming. It goes a little something like this:
- 77 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle: More than 3 days worth of added sugar for a child (American Heart Association) in 1 bottle. And this is to say your child hasn’t consumed any other sugar at all within those 3 days!
- High fructose corn syrup: Dr. Mark Hyman argues HFCS does not affect the body in the same manner as cane sugar; its effects are worse. “Features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.” For the full article on the differences between HFCS and cane sugar, click here. It is worth the read.
- Brominated vegetable oil: Sounds benign, right? Vegetable oil: I can dig that in my drink. Hold your horses. BVO is banned in Japan and Europe. And while we once classified it as a safe food additive right here in the U.S. of A., we now consider it safe only on an interim basis while scientists research more and let us know exactly how dangerous it is. Great. I would love to just hand my child Mountain Dew while “you get back to us,” on its level of toxicity. The bromine in the brominated vegetable oil is the same as the element bromine found in brominated flame retardants. Yes, I just wrote flame retardants. Bromine accumulates over time in the body, which means chronic ingestion may lead to toxic effects in the small system of your child. Dr. Mercola reports, “Bromine is a central nervous system depressant, and can trigger a number of psychological symptoms such as acute paranoia and other psychotic symptoms. Bromine toxicity can also manifest as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, and cardiac arrhythmias.” Known to interfere with the functioning of the thyroid, bromine may have a significant impact on your child’s overall health.
- Yellow 5: “In their summary of studies on food dyes, the Center for Science in the Public Interest reports earlier studies that failed to show cancer causing or toxic effects of Yellow 5, were flawed. They failed to account for the higher consumption of Yellow 5 by children who are more sensitive to cancer-causing agents. CSPI recommends all carcinogens be removed from food dyes.” How about we go a step further and remove all carcinogens from all food? I don’t think there is a parent alive who would say, “Oh yeah, leave in the carcinogens for my kiddos. No problem.” One more thing: The F.S.A. is to the United Kingdom what the F.D.A is to the United States – only difference? The F.S.A. recognizes Yellow 5 is detrimental to children’s brain health. Stating, “Food coloring such as Yellow 5 can cause behavioral changes in children that included loss of concentration and impulsive, hard-to-control activity. The recommendation is to avoid or limit consumption of products that contain yellow 5.” Thank you, F.S.A! I am waiting, F.D.A. Oh, yes – they had this to say, “FD&C Yellow No. 5 is approved as a food-coloring additive in the U.S.”
I think all parents will make different choices once they are informed. So consider yourself informed, people!