Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is a food additive that is used to help emulsify citrus-flavored soft drinks, preventing the flavoring ingredients from separating during distribution. BVO contains bromine atoms which are bonded to the triglycerides that are derived from vegetable oil.
The concern with BVO stems from the presence of bromine, which is an element found in brominated flame retardants. Some research has suggested that excessive consumption of BVO can lead to bromine accumulation in the body, potentially causing toxic effects. These effects may include neurological disorders, altered thyroid hormones, and fertility issues. The risk is particularly associated with high or prolonged intake of beverages containing BVO.
Due to these health concerns, BVO has been subject to scrutiny and regulatory action in various parts of the world:
- European Union: BVO is banned as a food additive in the EU. Products containing BVO cannot be sold legally within its member countries.
- India: India has also banned the use of BVO in food products.
- Japan: Japan does not approve BVO for use in food products.
Meanwhile, the United States has known it is dangerous since the 1970s but has…
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