Know anything about Brominated Vegetable Oil?? - Peanut Allergy Information

Know anything about Brominated Vegetable Oil??

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I read the label on a can of Chek Kountry Mist (Winn Dixie brand soda) and found this listed as an ingredient. I had never heard of it before and became concerned about pn oil. I also found out through searching that Mountain Dew and several other "fruity type" soft drinks have this also. Anyone know about it and if we have need to be concerned?

This is what I found when doing a search:

What is brominated vegetable oil and why is in my soft drink?

Brominated Vegetable Oil is an additive that boosts flavor and adds cloud. It is actually a [b]vegetable oil[/b] with a density that has been increased to that of water by being combined with bromine, a chemical element. Flavoring oils are dissolved in the brominated oil and then added to many fruit drinks and fruit flavored sodas. This additive also acts as an emulsifier and gives soda a thicker look, making it appear more palatable to the consumer. It appears to be safe for consumers, but [b]there have been a few reports of allergic reactions[/b].

Thanks for your help. Valerie

On Apr 12, 2003

Hi Valerie,

I just received this reply from the Coca-Cola company this week as I had inquired if there were soy protein in Sprite. My son is allergic to soy protein as well as peanuts. I don't know if this helps you out at all but here it is:

"We do not add soybeans to Coca-Cola brand products. In the U.S., brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is added to some of our brands. The vegetable oil is derived from soybean; however, it is a highly refined oil and does not contain the soy protein, which is the material that would trigger an allergic reaction. The ingredient declaration statement will always list BVO when it is an ingredient."

On Apr 14, 2003

Thank You [img][/img] That was a big help! Valerie

By Millie2 on Jul 4, 2011

BVO is or Bromine is very bad for your health. Read below. Most people have never heard of BVO-brominated vegetable oil-yet it’s highly toxic and found in many products we consume in large quantities. Used as an emulsifier and clouding agent in soft drinks such as Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Powerade, some Gatorade, Pineapple and Orange Fanta, Orange Crush, Sun Drop, Squirt and Fresca, BVO can also be found in some bakery products and brands of pasta.

BVO has been banned in over 100 countries. In the U.S. it’s use is regulated by the FDA to the extent that it is “PERMITTED IN FOOD OR IN CONTACT WITH FOOD ON AN INTERIM BASIS PENDING ADDITIONAL STUDY.” (

Brominated Vegetable Oil, is composed mainly of bromine, a poisonous chemical whose vapors are considered both corrosive and toxic. The chemical bromine is used for a number of products, from light-sensitive photographic printing papers, as an additive for gasoline, to agricultural fumigants.

Consumption of bromine containing products increases bromine content in our system that ultimately competes with iodine and causes iodine deficiency thereby creating a condition called “Brominated Thyroid.” Bromine is a potential carcinogen and causes a number of disorders starting from simple headache, fatigue, weight-gain to cancer, heart and kidney diseases.