Why do dentists tell you to brush after drinking Gatorade? Oh, I see, you thought it was the sugar. No, No, No!
Go Gators or wait, should I say go PepsiCo! Well at this point you probably have guessed I’m going to rat out Gatorade. Oh but you might be so surprised, please keep reading because I’m sure you will be. Well, I need to touch on the history of Gatorade because the history is quite fun. As I’m sure a lot of you know the history behind Gatorade you may not know the the Gators attributed winning the Orange Bowl in 1967 to the drinking of their beloved Gatorade. Yes, back in the 1960s, University of Florida, actually their coaches (and their researchers) did some research and produced a drink to rehydrate the body after extreme exercise. Obviously this initial product was completely different from where the product is today. Now the reason why I am writing about Gatorade is because I was in a meeting last week with two superb gentlemen who I consider to be quite intelligent and enlightened. Ah, but alas, one of these great guys unfortunately mentioned to me that he drinks a lot of Gatorade for his health. Well, at this point you’re reading this and you might be thinking oh here she goes! She will probably point out the artificial flavors and colors in the most popular sports drink around the world.
Oh, but my friend, here comes the surprise! BVO what? BVO is not approved for use in India or Europe. Why should that matter to you? Well hang on, I’m about to tell you. BVO stands for brominated vegetable oil. Oh, I said not approved in India or Europe? Maybe I should say banned in over 100 countries! Oh and at this point let me mention the FDA believes BVO to be an unsafe additive. Oh wait, let me repeat that, even the FDA believes this to be an unsafe additive. So how does it end up in our drinks? Which drinks? Drinks like Gatorade, Mountain Dew and any citrus flavored drink that has a cloudy appearance. Well it ends up in our drinks and most of the time without it being listed in the ingredients because the FDA allows it in small doses. But how can you tell? Well let’s say you look at a drink and it is cloudy, does it contain BVO? You betcha!
“Brominated Vegetable Oil, has as its composition the element of bromine in which, believe it or not, the vapors of bromine are considered both corrosive and toxic…in other words can out rightly be considered a poisonous chemical.” I shudder to think that I might end this blog by being so neglectful as to end it without providing to you my friends, the side effects of BVO. And I should warn you here I’m having a hard time even letting you know what they are, but I must…
- Abdominal cramps
- Blurred vision
- Constricted pupils
- Cyanosis (skin blueness)
- Heart beat malfunction
- Tremors of the tongue and eyelids
- Muscular cramps
- Respiratory difficulty
- Slow pulse
As if I have not traumatized you enough with this blog here are three more possible side effects I guess not yet “proven”.
- Birth defects
- Growth problems
- Memory loss
Well gosh, I’m at a loss for words. Why? Well those of you who know me well know that I try to end my blogs in an upbeat or funny way. Well here’s the best that I can come up with, instead of using bombs, guns and other weapons against our enemies, why don’t we just give them free Gatorade. OK, not so funny but it was the best I could come up with since BVO has put me in quite a funk today. Have a fabulous day and stay away from cloudy drinks.