What is BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL?

What is BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL?

Brominated Vegetable oil is a vegetable oil that has the element Bromine(35 on the periodic table, second column from the right 3 rows down)  added to it to increase the density of the oil. The food manufacturerer most likely uses this over regular vegetable oil to prevent the oil from floating to the top of the product.


Where does BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL come from?

Vegatable Oil comes from pressing vegetables, and the Bromine for commercial purposes is obtained by treating brines (from salt wells or seawater) with chlorine, which displaces the bromine.


How is BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL made?

Mixing bromine and vegetable oil while monitoring the solutions density.


Is BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL healty for me?

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.

The FDA says this about adding things to vegetable oil:

    (a) The additive complies with specifications prescribed in the "Food Chemicals Codex," 3d Ed. (1981), pp. 40-41, which is incorporated by reference, except that free fatty acids (as oleic) shall not exceed 2.5 percent and iodine value shall not exceed 16. Copies of the material incorporated by reference may be obtained from the National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20418, or may be examined at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    (b) The additive is used on an interim basis as a stabilizer for flavoring oils used in fruit-flavored beverages, for which any applicable standards of identity do not preclude such use, in an amount not to exceed 15 parts per million in the finished beverage, pending the outcome of additional toxicological studies on which periodic reports at 6-month intervals are to be furnished and final results submitted to the Food and Drug Administration promptly after completion of the studies.

    [42 FR 14636, Mar. 15, 1977, as amended at 49 FR 5610, Feb. 14, 1984]


More information about BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL.

Bromine is the only liquid nonmetallic element at room temperature, and one of only six elements on the periodic table that are liquid at or close to room temperature.

In test animals, BVO consumption has caused damage to the heart and kidneys in addition to increasing fat deposits in these organs. In extreme cases BVO has caused testicular damage, stunted growth and produced lethargy and fatigue

   

Comments:

  1. Meryl
    Vegetable oil? Which kinds of vegetable(s)? For those of us with food allergies, the issues listed are just a starting point.

  2. rosey
    hi, these amounts that they put on companies, is it because if consumed more of BVO, the body will not remove the chemical on its own, meaning they will get intoxicated. or does BVO stay in the body?

  3. some one
    if people keep putting brominated vegetable oil in drinks,1 people will stop buying it. 2 seeing that it can KILL people,less people are buying it cause \"where are they?\".

  4. harrison
    Now that i know i will be getting myself off of it....replace it companies over seas have..wait it cost to much to switch right?

  5. harrison
    Now that i know i will be getting myself off of it....replace it companies over seas have..wait it cost to much to switch right?

  6. Observant passerby
    I just want to point out to those who read the comments that it also requires all users of this product to not exceed a certain amount which was 15 parts per million. This is no where near enough to do damage, and that in order to get the levels required to get this effect, you would have to drink a gallon or more in a given day.

  7. me
    some one - why would people stop buying soft drinks? where have you found that it can KILL? the article does not say this in fact the article says that having a reaction at all was a rare and extreme case. Are you the kind of person that is also afraid of oxygendihydride?

  8. earthshoes
    I suspect this is one of those ingredients that is harmless in small amounts. In other words, it\'s all about moderation. Two or three liters of soda or soft drinks a day is certainly NOT moderation in action.

  9. earthshoes
    I suspect this is one of those ingredients that is harmless in small amounts. In other words, it\'s all about moderation. Two or three liters of soda or soft drinks a day is certainly NOT moderation in action.

  10. JoJo
    I think it is signifcant that this ingrediant is banned in other countries for food consumption, but still available in America. I am trying to improve my diet, it\'s a slow go for me BUT info like this is encouraging/motivating for sure.

  11. JIm
    Remember our govt. was bought off with the cigarettes , florine, and aspertame as well. Put money in thier pockets and you can do what you want .... poison everybody.... reduce the people count...

  12. someone
    i agree with jim there is much more than just cigarettes its all about population control

  13. Rube
    Seriously? Population control? If you think it\'s all about lining pockets with money, why would the pop companies want to kill people? More consumers= more money.

  14. Sgtbilly
    Why did most of the EU or European Countries not allow G2 to be imported or made in their country? A little or a lot, sort of like second hand cigarette smoke. This is so wrong. I quit drinking coke and pepsi years ago and started drinking G2. That was because of what we found out about the ingredients in both. Now I\'m finding not only our Government and the FDA ignored the hazards of this but just didn\'t bother to order Pepsi to inform the consumer anything about it. If our FDA worked like Germany\'s FDA we wouldn\'t have this problem. I think I would like to start a class action suit against Pepsi for several of the side effects.

  15. Dean
    The unsuspecting public is being \'sold down the river\" by the food and drug companies, as well as by the government. \"Sold down the river....for money and power. We need to be very carefull about the food we buy and so trustingly eat.

  16. Catalytic
    I find this type of articles to be dangerous. They don\'t provide enough information in context to allow people to evaluate their risk properly, hence the (over)reactions in the comments. This product is found in a concentration of 8ppm in Gatorade, well below the 15ppm standard the FDA has established as safe for consumption. If you drink a serving or 4 of Gatorade after a workout, you\'ll be fine and probably feel a lot better because of the sugars and electrolytes in it. This tiny amount of brominated oil isn\'t going to do anything meaningful. Anything in excess will cause damage to the human body. Drink 4 gallons of water in an hour and you can die of kidney failure. Is water worth writing off the same way people have written off this chemical? Hardly.

  17. Healthy
    Vegetable oil, is made out of soybean oil which is one of the most gmo products worldwide . Think about it, what vegetables have oils aside from olives ?

  18. Healthy
    Vegetable oil, is made out of soybean oil which is one of the most gmo products worldwide . Think about it, what vegetables have oils aside from olives ?

  19. CMarie007
    It\'s the bromine building up in the brain after its altered in the beverages. Your body can only get rid of things you ingest so fast. It stores what it doesn\'t know until it figures out it can\'t use it then it holds onto it till it figures out how to get rid of it. But in this case your brain might forget because memory loss is a major side effect of this and violent behavior.

  20. CMarie007
    It\'s not about the veg oil. I have to laugh at how stupid I feel for trying to be healthy and someone thought it was a great idea to poison us just so there drink looked prettier... I\'m going to watch top gun and drink water. Does pizza have hidden chemicals in it? Hmmm. ;)

  21. Hoodyhoo19
    Ppl stop being so stupid. It all has to do with moderation a couple sodas or gatorades a day will not be harmful. If u drink too much water it can be harmful too. Moderation ppl. Stop being idiots and believing everything u hear.

  22. TERRRY
    IS IT TIME TO SELL MY PEPSI STOCK? OR IS IT TOO LATE?

  23. TERRY
    IS IT TIME TO SELL MY PEPSI STOCK? OR IS IT TOO LATE?

  24. TERRY
    IS IT TIME TO SELL MY PEPSI STOCK? OR IS IT TOO LATE?

  25. TERRY
    IS IT TIME TO SELL MY PEPSI STOCK? OR IS IT TOO LATE? JUST HAD BRAIN TUMOR REMOVED

  26. donna reese
    after watching the dr oz show this past week, their segment talked about the side effects of brominated veg oil.. a young lady had begun a petition for the makers of gatorade (pepso) to take this oil out of their product. initially gatorade did not take her seriously, during the show, pepsi did contact the dr oz show abd stted they would take this oil out of their product in april 2013. this oil is also documented as causong seizures in folks. my son is an athelete, drank gatorade as an electrolyte replemisher, at age 23 just started having gramg mal seizures. if the fda is aware of this and these companies continue to add this into their drinks.. hmmm.. why doesnt gatorade put this in their ingredient listing on the bottle. what are they hiding. they dont list it( its only listed as artificial ingredients. buyers beware. did you know that v-8 splash does list it. campbells , the maker of v-8needs to stop adding this oil as well. please watch all drinks. appears the fda dsnt make them truely reflect the additives on the lable. stop buying these drinks and make the companies responsible along with the fda.

  27. Okomailak
    Why change when you been drinking it your whole life has anyone by fact know that it can kill ppl....

  28. Okomailak
    Why change when you been drinking it your whole life has anyone by fact know that it can kill ppl....

  29. amplitude jones
    putting poisons into consumable foods in ANY quantity should be prosecuted as though murder was successful.

  30. amplitude jones
    putting poisons into consumable foods in ANY quantity should be prosecuted as though murder was successful.

  31. amplitude jones
    putting poisons into consumable foods in ANY quantity should be prosecuted as though murder was successful.

  32. josh
    Well, i dont understand is why start using this chemical in the 70\'s. If u think about it poulation control, is the key ever since its been used, more people have developed sideffects like it list. Thyroid,kidney,heart,and cancer problems are more known these days,that people do have. Like it says your body cant get rid of it till after long period of time, look at how much you have consumed since then. Also it makes sense,back then humans could live at a much longer age when it was not used,now days your lucky to live past 60. Key we are dieng off sooner. Then like back before the 60\'s what can be said about that

  33. p taylor
    HOW ABOUT MOUNTAIN DEW??? It has BVO also!!! And WE wonder why so many cancers, diseases,etc.have affected people the past 60 yrs or so! I have an addiction ==its mtn.dew=now I\'ve got to learn to do without and try to find s\'thing WITHOUT =BVO!!!! IF POSSIBLE!

  34. K FURR
    I\'ve been enjoying diet mt dew for several years and now find out where some of my health problems are coming from BVO. I\'ve got thyroid problems plus kidney, heart and brain problems and possibly no where to go. I\'m 76 and my doctor will tell its all OLD AGE. But the Diet Mt. just went into the garbage. I\'ll weight on Pepsi.

  35. lily whirlston
    It seems like a new kind of oil. Wil this be used in widely in the future? vegetable oil press

  36. Jimmy
    Generally, it seems a good one. [url=http://www.seedoilpress.com/index.html] oilseeds roaster[/url]

  37. TheAnon
    Fluoride and bromide are both, among other things, anti-thyroid ions. You should avoid ingesting fluoride and bromide from as many sources as possible (tap water, \"enchanced\" flours, certain citrus drinks, certain sodas, and pesticide-treated crops). You can minimize the impact of such damage by eating sea vegetables, eggs, and other sources of iodide, such as crops grown on soil near the coast. The smaller halides displace the larger ones. This is why much more iodide (larger) is needed to compete with fluoride and bromide (smaller).

  38. richashay
    now i know why my wife is syffering from SCA and what may have caused it, if i could prove it i would be in court

  39. Mike R.
    You people calling for a ban on drinks using this are complete idiots! You\'re too stupid to understand that it will only affect you if you drink around 8 liters of soda a day everyday for years on end before it will harm you! Hell too much of anything is harmful to you! Wake up idiots and stop crying about everything being bad for you... Sale on kotex, aisle 6.

  40. Don
    I drank 6 liters of Diet Mtn Dew a day for 2 months to determine what effect brominated vegetable oil had on my body. The first symptom was cold sweats, followed by nasea, followed by gaseous oil discharge from both my nostrils and my rectum. Other than that...I was fine, so I say, drink all the brominated vegetable oil you can get...it\'s basically like putting salt on your vegetables, and who doesn\'t do that? By the way, I get the same symptoms every time I eat vegetables.

  41. erin8
    omg its not vegetable oil they add a chemical called bromine to the vegetable oil dumbasses

  42. erin8
    omg its not vegetable oil they add a chemical called bromine to the vegetable oil dumbasses

  43. jason
    daahh can you stop selling your products it can affect humans health....

  44. jason
    daahh can you stop selling your products it can affect humans health....

  45. mother of 6
    Mike R. Your the idiot dude! The thing is that the FDA was constructed to keep this kind of stuff out of our food and drinks. It doesnt matter how little of an amount is in the drinks point is Why the hell is it in Any of our food or drinks at all! It is a dangerous chemical period and doesnt belong in any food or drinks ever. We all have the right to say what we want about this issue. Being lied to and manipulated would piss off just about anyone except you I guess, its ppl like you that think that this is okay that makes them think its okay to do this at all!(aww half the country dont mind it will be okay) ITS NOT OKAY TO POISON PEOPLE ITS A CRIME LAST I HEARD BUT WE FORGET THE GOVERNMENT IS ABOVE THE LAW IT DOESNT APPLY TO THEM JUST US.. BUNCH OF BULLSHIT IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF.

  46. doodmanguy
    Like stated its not bad in small amounts and that one.Guy was drinking 4-5 liters a day that\'s the only reason why he got sick in the first place.

  47. doodmanguy
    Aldo they are not government owned corporations that are doing it so idk were this government talk is coming from and in reality the FDA is too understaffed and is basically a toothless dog in that it doesn\'t really have that much power anymore due to some bills past by bush for big corporations he was friends with.

  48. mt. dew lover
    most of you are idiots i cant believe ppl are so dumb for one its not a chemical its an element on the table of contents. second of all every artical (including this one) says you have to drink a truck load of it a day for a very long time in order for it to affect you. if you drink that much pop or gatorade you are seriously f\'d up in the head anyway.it sounds like to me some of you are looking for a settlement and you are the problem with america today. just do the world a favor and go play in the middle of a busy highway

  49. mattgrubb@gmail.com
    I like how a few of you drink diet mtn dew as experiments in relation to BVO and are concerned about BVO in diet MTN dew and probably switched to it because of the amount of sugars in the regular stuff. But are you aware that aspartame is converted to arsenic inside your body every time you drink any kind of diet anything!

  50. allance oil expeller
    seems nice oil. pleased to be here and learn about it. edible oil refinery

  51. Bethany
    The real concern here is that two thirds of the available bromine supply each year is used for fire retardancy. The element itself is highly corrosive and toxic. If this is being used to simply add density to something, why not use something our bodies can use like potassium or magnesium? Magnesium is more plentiful and wouldn\'t have a side effect problem since most people don\'t have enough.

  52. Mt. Dew addict
    There are 128 fl oz in a gallon. Therefore, it is actually not hard to consume 1gal of soda in a day. That\'s 11cans of soda or 6.5 20oz bottles or 4 32oz cups (large size @ most fast food chains) or just 2 64oz cups (extra large @ 7-11 type fuel stations). Think of all those high school/college students that hit the gas station in the morning, @ lunch, after school

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  58. Bri
    amplitude jones - I agree with you completely. It\'s not about the fact that you have to drink a certain amount of the drink before it becomes harmful, it\'s the fact that they put those harmful ingredients in the drink, PERIOD! Keep toxic substances out of our foods and drinks.

  59. Jabs Diet Mt Dew Addict
    I agree with Bri - it is the fact they put the stuff in the drink to begin with. Also for those who are complaining about those of us stating our concerns about BVO being in Mt Dew products -- this is American and the last I checked we still have our right to free speech and our right to voice them.

  60. jen
    Well this is crap! I am allergic to soy and it is very commomly used is everything. And I went to get a pop and I chose orange crush and an orange fanta comes out... reading the label I see brominated veg oil.... so I google and learn all this. Needless to say the pop is in the garbage and I am itching. Wonderful! Why can\'t products be made safe for the consumers. Every company is out to fill their pockets and not care about the well being of the consumer.

  61. shawn
    MOUNTAIN DEW is so good, why dont we just take it out?

  62. shawn
    MOUNTAIN DEW is so good, why dont we just take it out?

  63. Sho u Rite
    Everyone is complaining about the effects of whats in the drinks....1st of all theirs nothing we don\'t eat or drink that harms the human body,..2nd back in the 50\'s ,60\'s majority of the ppl then grew over half there food and raised there animals to be slaughtered, so they can eat...There was not much of hearing of diabeties,cancer,heart failure,etc...Every thing u eat or drink has some type of chemical base in it....Things have changed over the years and ppl are been diagnosis with so many sudden illness,so with that being said i guess i would hold alot of companies at fault cause ain\'t nothing we eat or drink is being sold correctly....So if u think a drink is your problem think again cause the food we eat is all based on different chemicals products or some sort......MT DEW A DAY ANY DAY!!!!

  64. Chae
    No matter if md had bvo or not, that guy would still have the same side effects bc of all the sugar and everything else in it...

  65. Chae
    No matter if md had bvo or not, that guy would still have the same side effects bc of all the sugar and everything else in it...

  66. Brody
    BVO is in every pop almost. why is it such a big deal it ceps flav. you realize you have drank more than one pop in ur life time why does it matter now. put it back in gatorade

  67. dtheman
    I\'ve been reading up on bvo and other ingredients in not just drinks but gmo foods do people understand the severity of everything that is going on around them people are dying from food poisoning air poisoning and unneeded vaccines that are very deadly it is called a slow kill!!!!! And until people wake the f up and say no!! -to this problem then a lot of people u love will die!! For no reason. ...is that fair? I know I have been raised on this crap and I\'m still alive but for how long the food and drugs we consume are getting worse and worse read the dam labels people they should say warning!!!! But they just list all the crap that u will never read or care about just be smart and try to live a healthy life

  68. dtheman
    I\'ve been reading up on bvo and other ingredients in not just drinks but gmo foods do people understand the severity of everything that is going on around them people are dying from food poisoning air poisoning and unneeded vaccines that are very deadly it is called a slow kill!!!!! And until people wake the f up and say no!! -to this problem then a lot of people u love will die!! For no reason. ...is that fair? I know I have been raised on this crap and I\'m still alive but for how long the food and drugs we consume are getting worse and worse read the dam labels people they should say warning!!!! But they just list all the crap that u will never read or care about just be smart and try to live a healthy life

  69. Elisha
    Bvo is dangerous to our thyroid function. It depletes iodine which is vital to the thyroid. Try not to consume this it can lead to hypothyroidism

  70. fred
    Can someone say population control...

  71. helen
    bromine was (maybe still) added to food in red army during soviet times to decrease sexual petency in soldiers, make your own conclusions

  72. 321
    Well....thats scary

  73. Matthew520
    Well I started having seizures I\'m the middle of 1007. An yes I drink a lot of mount dew. An my doctors still haven\'t found out were they were coming from yet. So I\'m going to stop drinking mount dew. An see what happens. Just to see if they will stop if they do I know it\'s that chemical. So let\'s see what happens. Let\'s see if its true. People

  74. Matthew520
    Well I started having seizures I\'m the middle of 2007. An yes I drink a lot of mount dew. An my doctors still haven\'t found out were they were coming from yet. So I\'m going to stop drinking mount dew. An see what happens. Just to see if they will stop if they do I know it\'s that chemical. So let\'s see what happens. Let\'s see if its true. People

  75. Brandon
    It\'s also in crush orange!

  76. Brandon
    It says right on the bottle

  77. Brandon
    Brominated soybean oil

  78. cmd
    A concern that has not been addressed in any articles I have read or in the above comments is the fact that this stuff builds up in fatty tissues. I can\'t find any references to how long it takes the body to remove the bvo once ingested. So while it may be safe for some who drink this stuff occasionally because the body then has time to get rid of it, what about those who drink it regularly? No long term studies have ever been done that I can find. My husband grew up on md. He used to drink several 2-liters/wk all through high school and most of his early adult life. He suffers from several of the illnesses mentioned. The last couple of years he drinks more diet Sunkist which does not contain it. But how much built up in his tissue before? How long will it take his body to get rid of it? So while I agree with the idea of moderation we also have to recognize that there is going to be a segment of the population that does not ingest things in a moderate level. I also agree that this article and others does not provide enough information for people to adequately evaluate what is moderate and whether or not they fall into that category or are putting themselves at risk. But how can any article provide information that hasn\'t been researched yet? Not enough studies have been done at least published in this country that I have been able to find. As for the FDA saying it\'s ok. That was decades ago. Information, usage, consumption have all changed since the FDA made a ruling. Siting that as evidence it\'s safe is simply outdated. We need more information which means more studies need to be done to determine what levels are really safe, what is moderate and what is not.

  79. idiocracy
    Brondo has what plants crave. It\'s got electrolytes.

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