posted on Jun, 26 2013 @ 04:47 PM
Time for the next item on my list, Brominated Vegetable Oil
. This substance is one that many don't hear about. Yet it is one that many
consume daily. It is in many popular citrus soda's in the United States, although it has been banned in many other countries. Would you like to
know why? Well, lets investigate.
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is vegetable oil that has had atoms of the element bromine bonded to it. Brominated vegetable oil is used to stabilize
citrus-flavored soft drinks. Its high density helps the droplets of natural fat-soluble citrus flavors stay suspended in the drink. BVO has been used
by the soft drink industry since 1931, generally at a level of about 8 ppm.
Ok, that sounds reasonable enough. But, just what is this bromine?
Elemental bromine is a fuming red-brown liquid at room temperature, corrosive and toxic, with properties between those of chlorine and iodine. Free
bromine does not occur in nature, but occurs as colorless soluble crystalline mineral halide salts, analogous to table salt.
Well that sounds less ok. What does that mean for us, people?
Bromine has no essential function in mammals... As a pharmaceutical, the simple bromide ion, Br–, has inhibitory effects on the central nervous
system, and bromide salts were once a major medical sedative, before being replaced by shorter-acting drugs. They retain niche uses as
Ok, so it reacts to our central nervous systems, acting as a major medical sedative and antiepileptics. So you can't categorize this as an inert
substance. It definitely has an interactive effect on the human body. Well, so lets see, is it toxic?
Toxicity. Long-term use of potassium bromide (or any bromide salt) can lead to bromism. This state of central nervous system depression causes the
moderate toxicity of bromide in multi-gram doses for humans and other mammals. The very long half-life of bromide ion in the body (~12 days) also
contributes to toxicity from bromide build-up in body fluids. Bromide ingestion may also cause a skin eruption resembling acne.
Yes, it is toxic to us. And can cause harmful side effects. So goodness, why on earth is it in anything that we would consume? What are the
symptoms of bromism
The most important health effects that can be caused by bromine-containing organic contaminants are malfunctioning of the nervous system and
disturbances in genetic materials.
Through food and drinking water humans absorb high doses of inorganic bromines. These bromines can damage the nervous system and the thyroid gland.
Read more: www.lenntech.com...
Now in defense of those who put BVO into their consumable products, I must tell you that there are Organic Bromines in nature which can contaminate
food supplies, and in fact have led to the destruction of cattle animals because they were contaminated with it. This was to keep it out of the food
supply of the humans. Does that not lead us to ponder... "Why would anyone knowingly put inorganic bromine compounds into our food supply?"