• Dr. Gerhauser

    Dr. Richard Gerhauser is the co-founder of NaturalFoodsDiet.org along with his son Howie Gerhauser. They believe that we literally "are what we eat" and that a Natural Foods Diet is the cornerstone for health.

    The Next Deadly Poison In Soda – Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

    Brominated Vegetable Oil

    Let’s talk about BVO, that’s Brominated vegetable oil and it is found in about 10% of soft drinks.  It’s vegetable oil that has the element bromine attached to it.  Bromine is a chemical classified as a halide and has similar properties to the other halides like iodine and actually competes with it for absorption into the body.  The more bromine you get in your body, the less iodine you get. It displaces it. The more iodine you displace, the less thyroid hormone you make because the body needs iodine to make thyroid hormone. Now let’s see—we have high fructose corn syrup which causes fatty liver and obesity and then you spike it with another ingredient that blocks the thyroid. Are the soda companies trying to drum up business for weightwatchers—or maybe they hold stock in mortuary companies—or hospitals. It must be one of those three.

    What is BVO used for?

    BVO is used as a flame retardant in plastics. It slows the chemical reaction that can lead to a fire. So if you have already purchased any of the following soft drinks: Squirt, Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Powerade Strawberry lemonade, or Fresca Original Citrus; don’t drink it whatever you do. But here is what you can do. Take the can and tape it to the wall with a piece of duct tape in a well-trafficked area in the home. In case of fire, remove from the wall, shake vigorously, point in the direction of the fire, then pop the top.

    By adding bromine to vegetable oil, soda manufacturers can make the vegetable oil stay suspended in the water and keep the citrus components suspended since they’re fat soluble and would otherwise separate. Where do they get the vegetable oil? How about from soybeans, corn or cotton seeds from genetically modified plants. Another source of toxins.

    Side Effects of BVO

    BVO has been banned as a food additive in Europe, Japan, and India (for soft drinks). Animal studies show BVO decreases thyroid hormone, causes early puberty, negatively effects reproduction and causes behavioral problems.  Now I see why those kids playing the video games act so weird. Europe has replaced the BVO with a hydrocolloid that seems to work as well and it’s a natural product with no known toxicity. So why don’t the USA soda makers switch over—you know—to potentially help our health.

    Let us look at the label of Mountain Dew. High fructose corn syrup. Poison. Yellow dye # 5. Poison. Sodium benzoate. Poison. BVO, as we talked about—poison. So it is easy to tell why the companies haven’t replaced BVO with something safer. They don’t give a rat’s ass. I’m talking about the animal studies of course.

    But we keep buying it. Especially kids. Please vote with you dollar and stop supporting this crap. They will change if we don’t buy it.