Mountain Dew originated in Tennessee many years ago, and was sold to the Pepsi company in 1964. For the last 51 years it has been a favorite soft drink for many people across the country, but unfortunately it is actually one of the most unhealthy drinks you can put in your body.
Mountain Dew contains just about every bad food additives that you can cram into a soft drink, and then some. From GMOs to chemicals that are designed to fireproof other materials, there is almost nothing beneficial for your body in a can of Mountain Dew. Here are the top 15 reasons out of the 100 or so that I could find to stop drinking mountain dew immediately.
1. Dental Health
Mountain Dew is one of the most acidic soft drinks on the market with a pH level of 3. Battery acid has a pH of 1, if that helps you put that in perspective. All that acid erodes the enamel on your teeth, and is incredibly harmful to your body.
Mountain Dew itself may not be the direct culprit, but the BPA plastic bottles that it is sold in are known to cause sever hormone imbalances. BPA actually mimics estrogen in the body, which causes all sorts of medical problems. Combine BPA plastic, and the acidity of Mountain Dew, and you’ve got a combination that is ripe with health problem causing chemicals.
3. Bad Marketing
Mountain Dew is marketed as some kind of “super fuel” to the impressionable younger consumers, and is done so quite recklessly. Kids are made to believe that if they drink Mountain Dew their abilities to do things like play video games and play sports will be enhanced. The truth is, the Mountain Dew is more likely to make them sick, instead of enhancing performance.
The sugar content in Mountain Dew is one of the highest of all of the soft drinks on the market. That sugar content can be a direct cause for type 2 diabetes.
Along with Diabetes, comes obesity. One can of Mountain dew has 290 calories and 77 grams of carbohydrates. Those are empty calories, and carbs from sugar, by the way.
Brominated Vegetable Oil is an ingredient that is found in mountain dew that is actually banned in several other countries. Not only is it used in soft drinks like Mountain Dew, it is used as a fire retardant chemical.
7. – 10. Nerve Disorders, Skin lesions, Memory Loss, Muscle Problems
According to the Environmental Health News:
“After a few extreme soda binges—not too far from what many gamers regularly consume—a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine. Other studies suggest that BVO could be building up in human tissues, just like other brominated compounds such as flame retardants.”
11. It’ll Dissolve a Mouse
Recently there was a law suit involving a mouse that was found in a can of mountain dew, and PepsiCo’s legal defense suggested that the consumer planter the mouse. They did this by admitting that a mouse left in a can of mountain dew for the period of time that the mouse was supposedly in the can the consumer purchased would have completely dissolved.
12. Thyroid Issues
Mountain Dew essentially wears your thyroid out by competing with the natural iodine in our bodies needed to make hormones. This can lead to chronic fatigue, which then leads people to drink more Mountain Dew.
13. GMO Ingredients
The corn used to make the high fructose corn syrup and the soybeans used to make the brominated vegetable oil for Mountain Dew are both major GMO, high-production crops. The worst of the GMO crops, to be exact.
Sodium benzoate, a common preservative, along with the BVO and acids in Mountain Dew react with the natural vitamin C in the citrus juice used, and actually makes it a carcinogen.
Yellow dyes in soft drinks like Mountain Dew are actually made with coal tar. It is one of the single most toxic things you can ingest.