July 23, 2010

Do You Do The Dew and If So, Do You Know What You're Doing?



courtesy of TaiKaliso


First, let me let you in on a little secret. I'm not the healthiest person in the world. I know....I know...With all my talk about a new attitude regarding my war on father time or me rambling on about being the healthiest me I can be....I still fall short occasionally. My poison - SOFT DRINKS!

For years I was a big Coca-Cola fan....absolutely loved the stuff...until about 4 months ago. I tried Mountain Dew and was hooked. It was like crack in a can....I couldn't get enough of this stuff. I even made fun of the way the liquid looks cloudy sometimes in the bottle claiming it was cocaine dust!!

So I'm sitting in the breakroom at work the other night sipping away on my 2nd Dew of the evening when a co-worker walks in and says "How do you drink that stuff?"...Uh duh...one gulp at a time. She then goes on to say that the Dew leaves a weird taste in her mouth and the vegetable oil makes her wanna spit.

VEGETABLE OIL?????!!!!!

That's right. This stuff contains brominated vegetable oil.

Now the idea of drinking vegetable oil was enough to make me quit cold turkey but I had to dig a bit deeper. What the hell is brominated?! Well, it's vegetable oil that has been bonded with bromine atoms. This treated oil is used as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored drinks. It helps the citrus flavors stay suspended in the drink and produces a cloudy appearance....so THAT was the cocaine dust!

So next time you're out to eat and your favorite soft drink, Mountain Dew, isn't on the menu....check and see if they'll put a little Wesson Oil on ice for ya - brominated, of course!!

Sweet Baby Jesus....I'm doomed!