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TAKE ACTION NOW! Gatorade: Don't Put Flame Retardant Chemicals in Sports Drinks!

Health & Wellness  (tags: health, diet, risks, safety, study, Gatorade )

- 1984 days ago -
The other day, I Googled "brominated vegetable oil." It was the last time I drank Orange Gatorade. I found out that this "BVO" is a controversial flame retardant chemical that is in some Gatorade drinks!

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Vicky P (476)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:43 pm
Noted and signed

Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:47 pm

Wow! Makes you wonder if it isn't very true, if you can not pronounce it, should you eating or drinking it? Also check the ingredients of your milk. It should have nothing but milk in a container.

Thanks Cal - signed and shared

Body of the petition:

The other day, I Googled "brominated vegetable oil." It was the last time I drank Orange Gatorade. I found out that this "BVO" is a controversial flame retardant chemical that is in some Gatorade drinks! Who wants to drink that? Not me!

I’m naturally a curious and argumentative person doing things like debate team in school. I also love sports like volleyball, and I always believed Gatorade when they said stuff in their ads about how it's good to drink when exercising. And, just like most people, I care about my health. So, as I was sitting at home the other day drinking an Orange Gatorade, I decided to look up some of the ingredients.

The last ingredient is "brominated vegetable oil," which has been banned in Japan and the European Union. That means, #1 it’s not necessary to make Gatorade, and #2 there is enough information out there that entire countries have banned this chemical product.

According to Scientific American, BVO has been patented as a flame retardant and is found in some beverages including some flavors of Gatorade. It is “under intense scrutiny because research has shown that they are building up in people's bodies, including breast milk, around the world.” The same article also mentions that there are “links to impaired neurological development, reduced fertility, early onset of puberty and altered thyroid hormones.”

I’m not a scientist, but if there are lots of suspicious things about putting a flame retardant chemical in Gatorade (most flavors don’t even use it!) then why would Gatorade want to put it in a product designed for people like me who are into sports and health?

Elizabeth O (93)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:51 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:02 pm
Gladly signed & noted. Much thanks, Cal.

Judy C (97)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:16 pm
The stuff has always just looked toxic to me, so I've never used it. It's about the last thing you'd want to give to a sick child. Signed. Thanks, Cal.

. (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:40 pm
Signed and Noted.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 4:59 pm
Drink a glass of water to quench your thirst. Or something natural, like orange juice. Really, if the sports drink companies have to hype the product so much to get you to drink it, do you really think you need it?

Richelle Rausch (43)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:49 pm
The last doctor I saw told me to avoid sodium and sugar, but said I should drink some gatoraid for the electrolites & because I was dehydrated. OK...Yes, I was very thirsty as I had been there for 5 hrs w/o any water. Got some Gatoraid as the Dr said. GROSS. Looked at the lable and that stuff is loaded w/ sodium and sugar. And it tastes GROSS! Will never drink that stuff again

Sara Williams (8)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:11 pm
It's amazing what companies are allowed to get away with because they don't have to tell consumers what exactly it is these chemicals are. Gladly signed.

Robert O (12)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:06 am
Thanks Cal.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:48 am
Signed. Drink water!!! Only water!!!!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:14 am
Signed,TY Cal.

Thursday November 15, 2012, 3:55 am
Signed. Thanks Cal

Gloria p (304)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 4:15 am
Signed but I don't drink sports drinks anyway.

Sam E M (0)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 4:44 am
If it's too late and you've already swallowed down your Gatorade, think positive, at least it may protect you against spontaneous combustion.
Just being flippant. :)

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 4:58 am

Mary S (1)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 5:39 am
Hey, wake up, don't believe all those advertisments out there. I got the bit about the electriclit also from one of my doctors, was told I wouldn't suffer serious leg craps is I drank Gatorade. Didn't do it tho and turned out to be another problem completely. Do think it needs more study, still think we need stricker controls on food adatives, etc. etc.

Joy W (103)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 6:02 am
Noted and signed.

Danny M (83)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 9:43 am
Noted and signed.
Thanks Cal!

Roseann d (178)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 10:23 am
Flame Retardant for hydration. I guess making sure you don't spontaneously combust is considered hydrating. Snort!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 1:43 pm
Thanks Cal--signed and sent.

. (0)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:37 pm
Of all the products in all the world, I drank nearly a gallon of this very product last week to help to overcome a bought of food poisoning. It figures.

Michela M (3964)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:53 pm

Carol H (229)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 7:24 pm
signed and noted

Sandra M Z (114)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 10:28 pm
Become a label reader, save a lot of $$ on products you won't buy anymore once you research them.....

Signed and noted, Thank you Cal.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 11:37 pm
How retarded, These people come up with all sorts of ways that don't make sense what-so-ever. Are they trying to kill us? Petition signed. Thanks Cal

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Friday November 16, 2012, 11:30 am

Gaweł S (20)
Friday November 16, 2012, 11:57 am

Kathleen R (138)
Friday November 16, 2012, 1:52 pm
signed & noted

Lisa N (206)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 9:23 am
Thank you for signing the petition "Gatorade: Don’t put flame retardant chemicals in sports drinks!"

Melania P (122)
Monday November 19, 2012, 6:27 pm

Julie E (405)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 10:21 am
Just saw this online. Very interesting. Signed.
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