posted on May, 7 2014 @ 06:24 AM
BVO keeps citric acid in drinks from separating out from the rest of the beverage, which it will do over time without some form of emulsifier.
BVO is banned for human consumption in Europe, but as soft drinks containing citric acid DO need some form of emulsifier, it was replaced with
glycerol esters, locust bean gums or wood rosin, depending on the beverage in question.
Without an emulsifier, there is a chance you'd end up drinking pure citric acid, as it floats to the top of the beverage. Not nice.
I have to point out a very popular misconception. Just because something is 'natural' extracted from plants, does not automatically mean its safer
than something produced in a laboratory, nor does it automatically follow that something produced in a laboratory is more dangerous than something
extracted from nature. Some of the deadliest substances known to man, are natural.