Veronica Roberts

Energy drinks have come under intense scrutiny lately with several deaths linked to some. Monster and 5 Hour Energy have over 15 deaths between them and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now investigating. Liability lawsuits are also being filed by the parents of a 14-year-old girl, who blames Monster's extremely high doses of caffeine for the cardiac arrest that killed her. (Read it here: The danger lurking in energy drinks like Monster:5 deaths reported).

Now the alarm bells are being sounded on the sports drink Gatorade, which many look to as the healthier alternative to energy drinks. Some are so concerned that petitions are being pushed to force the company to remove a reportedly harmful ingredient called BVO.

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), banned in Japan and the European Union, is considered a flame retardant. That’s right; a flame retardant is listed as an ingredient in Gatorade.

One high schooler, Sarah Kavanagh, found this to be unacceptable and is doing something about it. She decided to start a petition asking Gatorade to stop using BVO in their sport drinks. Sign her petition by clicking here. Sarah is personally affected because Gatorade was her drink of choice after her grueling volleyball and soccer games. She thought that she was drinking something healthy and safe, only to find out that she wasn’t.

According to some researchers, BVO can cause impaired brain development, reduced fertility, and can stay in the body for a long period of time.

So what is Gatorade’s excuse for including a flame retardant in some of their drinks? It helps retain the bright color. Interestingly, they only put BVO in some of their products and have to reportedly remove them from those they export to countries who have banned BVO.

What is the FDA saying on this harmful ingredient in Gatorade? Like in those now being blamed for several deaths, the government agency that is supposed to be looking out for the public’s health, claims the BVO levels are safe.

Safe until someone dies like with Monster and 5 Energy drinks?