Mountain Dew is one of the most popular modern drinks around the world, and fans of the drink have developed an almost cult-like affection towards it.
However, the serious issue concerning this drink is the fact that it is so regularly consumed and people are not aware of what it is made up of and the effect it is having on their health.
This article’s aim is to share some important facts about the consumption of this drink in order to prevent the potential deterioration of your health.
These 4 facts will undoubtedly convince you to stop consuming Mountain Dew:
According to children’s dentist Dr. Terri Winn, Mountain Dew is the third most acidic soft drink, behind only Coke and Pepsi.
For comparison, one of the least acidic beverages available is unsweetened tea, which has a pH level of 7.2, while one of the most acidic substances, battery acid, has a pH level of 1. Mountain Dew is a lot closer to battery acid than unsweetened tea in terms of acidity, having a pH level of 3.2.
Normally, since it produces it, Pepsi must reassure you that the consumption of Mountain Dew is completely safe, and that it’s ingredients are not harmful to your health.
However, it is always better to see and decide for yourself. Here, we give you the list of Mountain Dew’s ingredients:
- GMO corn and soy
- BVO (which is banned in EU and Japan)
- Sodium benzoate (this preservative has a strong reaction to vitamin C in Dew and creates carcinogens)
- Yellow dye (produced from coal tar)
It Harms Your Reproductive System
There have been claims on numerous occasions that the consumption of Mountain Dew can shrink a man’s reproductive organs. Although there is not much direct evidence to back up these claims, there still may be some correlation between the two.
Namely, your hormones can become imbalanced by the Mountain Dew containers. In other words, BPA is found in the linings of the bottles of Mountain Dew, with the aim of preventing the container from being destroyed by the acidity of the drink.
Additionally, research has shown that this compound can affect fertility rates and can lead to numerous health problems including:
- Adverse reproductive effects
- Developmental problems
- Neurological complications
- Immune deficiency
In 2009, Ronald Ball discovered something jelly- like in his Mountain Dew drink that he had purchased from a vending machine at his work. When he poured out the contents of the can, the remnants of a tiny mouse came out along with the jelly-like substance.
After Ball contacted Pepsi and told them about the situation, they sent a representative to retrieve the mouse remnants from Ball. According to reports, Pepsi later responded by stating that the mouse would have long dissolved before Ball would have had the chance to open the can of Mountain Dew.
It is difficult to tell which part of this story is more disturbing. Is it the fact that a man claims that he had found a mouse in his can of Mountain Dew, or the fact that Pepsi has publicly claimed that Mountain Dew has the ingredients necessary to fully dissolve an entire mouse? Either way, it would probably be a good idea to just avoid Mountain Dew altogether so you don’t have to find out. Yikes.
Dr. Terri Winn: http://www.kidsdentistdrwinn.com/clientuploads/PDFs/Acidity%20Sheet%20Sheet1.pdf
Mountain Dew Ingredients: http://www.pepsicobeveragefacts.com/Home/Product?formula=44316%2A01%2A01-07&form=RTD&size=20
Sodium benzoate and cancer: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/ChemicalContaminants/ucm055815.htm
Mountain Dew and Reproductive system: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/endocrine/