I'm sorry, what did you just say?? Apparently, a controversial chemical exists in many sodas and power drinks that is also used as a flame retardant. Duh duh duhhhh.... And that's why the back of your virtual cereal box today is all about:
- BVO is currently on a list of acceptable additives designated by the FDA
- The ingredient is reportedly banned in Japan and European counties
- It is used as an emulsifier to give drinks a certain look and distribute flavor evenly
- Major brands containing BVO include orange Fanta, Mountain Dew, orange and citrus Gatorade, as well as similar flavors of Powerade.
- It is found in 10% of US sodas
- PepsiCo has since agreed to discontinue usage of the substance.
- BVO will be replaced with sucrose acetate isobutyrate. (Hopefully this one won't be my next blog topic.)
- BVO is a patented flame retardant for plastics