But before she took a sip, Sarah, a dedicated vegetarian, did what she often does and checked the label to make sure no animal products were in the drink. One ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, caught her eye.
“I knew it probably wasn’t from an animal because it had vegetable in the name, but I still wanted to know what it was, so I Googled it,” Ms. Kavanagh said. “A page popped up with a long list of possible side effects, including neurological disorders and altered thyroid hormones. I didn’t expect that.”
Use of the substance in the United States has been debated for more than three decades, so Ms. Kavanagh’s campaign most likely is quixotic. But the European Union has long banned the substance from foods, requiring use of other ingredients. Japan recently moved to do the same.
Originally posted by GoldenBrain71
I read about brominated vegetable oil a couple of years ago and during my search I found it also has a patent for use as a flame retardent.
Thanks for the great post!
Originally posted by SimKey
If you look hard enough you can find something wrong with everything we consume and breathe in. Is it really so important to microscopically examine everything we ingest?
Does such careful examination of "toxic" substances significantly extend life span? It has not been proven.
Are we really so desperate for an extra year of life that we will sacrifice quality of life?
Everyday....I kid you not. Every day I hear of an ingredient in prepared foods that is banned in the rest of the developed world due to it's toxicity but approved by the FDA for use in the US. I'm telling you, and I said it for years. How can you trust the Food and Drug Administration when it gets it's funding from food and drugs?