Generally Recognized As Safe
Gatorade contains brominated vegetable oil.
Tasty? Safe? No.
It was added to Gatorade to help distribute flavor. And it is considered safe, so safe it is on the GRAS list.
GRAS = Generally Recognized As Safe
“The GRAS designation took root more than a half-century ago as a way to help the processed food industry avoid lengthy reviews for ingredients that were considered, by qualified experts, to be safe under conditions of intended use.”
When the list originated it included ingredients such as vitamin A and citric acid. There were about 180 ingredients at that time. Today, the list includes more than 4,600 ingredients.
But now PepsiCo, maker of Gatorade, is removing brominated vegetable oil from the sports drink. A good thing. But consider this – it is also in Mountain Dew, Powerade and Fanta.
Here is what’s scary: “No one knows exactly how many “GRAS” ingredients are in products because manufacturers are not required to notify the FDA before adding them.”
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