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What’s in Your Favorite Sports Drink?
Millions of people drink Gatorade to quench their thirst after a workout. Highly associated with the sports world, it was a teenager who seem to have gotten the company who makes Gatorade, PepsiCo to change a key ingredient. Gatorade contains a controversial ingredient, brominated vegetable oil in its citrus-flavored Gatorade products- supposedly to help sustain the flavor.
Sarah Kavanagh, a teenager in Mississippi, started a petition, gathering more than 200,000 signatures, on Change.org after she learned one ingredient on her bottle of Orange Gatorade, brominated vegetable oil was also found in some flame retardants.
The European Union and Japan do not allow the use of brominated vegetable oil in food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s last review of the chemical in the 1970s called for more toxicological testing, but the testing was never performed, the Tribune reported.
“When I went to Change.org to start my petition, I thought it might get a lot of support because no one wants to gulp down flame retardant, especially from a drink they associate with being healthy,” Kavanagh told the Tribune. “But with Gatorade being as big as they are, sometimes it was hard to know if we’d ever win. This is so, so awesome.”
A spokesperson for the Atlanta company says they’ll need a year to work on the formulation — Gatorade will use sucrose acetate isobutyrateso, which it uses internationally, to replace brominated vegetable oil as an emulsifier — so it “would not affect taste or functionality.”
The newly formulated drinks are scheduled to be on store shelves in the next few months.