After the re-release and new introduction of the Mt. Dew Game Fuel drinks, and with them having temporary World of Warcraft themes, I made sure to buy and drink one of each.
Prior to about a month ago, I'd drink through a good 2 liters or so of Code Red and regular Dew on a daily basis. Something about game design or game relations are relative to this infatuation. Of course I was putting on a little weight, so I stopped soda all together... Was a rough process, and I have an occasional diet soda here and there, but sometimes I cheat and have a Dew for the hell of it. During my soda fringe, I'd find myself eventually lethargic, kinda fuzzy-minded (hard to concentrate), and generally irritable sometimes without a good reason... But it did help me with those late-night sessions with FoL.
Anyway while drinking through a 20 oz bottle of the Alliance Game Fuel in a movie, the words "Brominated Vegetable Oil" stood out to me. At the time it was because I'm on a calorie-based diet with my girlfriend and things like that catch my eye (even on our cheat fridays now), and I figured drinking Vegetable Oil was a wicked no-no.
After looking it up, I was shocked to find out exactly what BVO was. Apparently the worry itself isn't the Vegetable Oil, as it is the addition of the element Bromine... Here's a little excerpt from the wikipedia.
...Bromine is a halogen and displaces iodine, which may depress thyroid function. Evidence for this has been extrapolated from pre-1975 cases where bromine-containing sedatives resulted in emergency room visits and incorrect diagnoses of psychosis and brain damage due to side effects such as depression, memory loss, hallucinations, violent tendencies, seizures, cerebral atrophy, acute irritability*, tremors, ataxia, confusion, loss of peripheral vision*, slurred speech, stupor*, tendon reflex changes, photophobia* due to enlarged pupils, and extensor plantar responses. In one case, a man who drank eight liters of Ruby Red Squirt daily had a reaction that caused his skin color to turn red and produced lesions diagnosed as bromoderma. The excessive quantities together with the fact that the man had a higher than normal sensitivity to bromine made this an unusual case. A similar case reported that a man who consumed two to four liters of a cola containing BVO on a daily basis experienced memory loss, tremors, fatigue, loss of muscle coordination, headache, ptosis of the right eyelid as well as elevated serum chloride. In the two months it took to correctly diagnose the problem the patient also lost the ability to walk. Luckily bromism was finally diagnosed and hemodialysis was prescribed which resulted in a reversal of the disorder. A Pepsi product website notes that BVO has been used by the soft drink industry since 1931.
(References can be found on the wiki site)
*These are general side-effects I've noticed when drinking Soda after a short period of time. I've also been tested negative for diabetes, so that isn't a factor.
I know that practically everything I'm doing these days has some sort of negative side effect, but if this is one thing I can ween myself away from, I'd gladly stick to this anti-regular soda diet.. Now to go rot my joints with some Diet Dr. Pepper(BVO Free!).