Unbeknownst to me, and I’m sure many other people, many sodas and sports drinks can contain a chemical called brominated vegetable oil ( BVO). It’s a flame retardant that’s in our drinks for cosmetic reasons, like coloring. And while some sports drinks, such as Gatorade claim to have taken it out of their drinks, the beverages still shouldn’t be considered healthy because they’re jam packed with refined sugars and a boatload of calories. Check out what you should be consuming to keep your health intact.
1. Hydrate Healthier
We should all hydrate ourselves with water instead of sugary drinks (sports drinks included). If you’re exercising super hard, try something rich in electrolytes, like coconut water. Just make sure whatever you’re drinking is free of brominated vegetable oil (BVO), high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes.
2. Steer Clear Of Soda With Chemicals
Sodas like Mountain Dew currently contain BVO and are full of dangerous sugars and potentially hindering artificial food dyes. If you drink soda for the caffeine, try green tea instead- it’s healthy for many body functions and it’s not something used to clean battery acid off of your car. If you like the taste of soda, you can try Virgil’s Root Beer- a root beer made by brewing herbs and spices naturally, instead of containing additives, artificial dyes and flavorings. You should, however, make this a weekly indulgence because it contains 160 calories per serving and 42 grams of sugar.
3. Eat Different Types Of Food
Get this- flame retardants like the ones used in electronics and furniture repeatedly end up in the environment, in testing the fat of animals and in dairy and meats. Yuck! Researchers found a University of Texas School of Public Health study that revealed frightfully high levels of flame retardants in butter. Some of the greatest contamination levels probably originate in butter wrappers, giving us a great reason to try to make our own butter or use coconut oil. Doing your part to stop contaminating the environment could be as easy as putting down the soda.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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