May 7, 2014

Flame Retardant in Your Drinks?

1 Coke, Pepsi to Drop Controversial Chemical

Coca-Cola will remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) which contains bromine, a chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics, children’s clothing and upholstered furniture, from its drinks by year’s end. The move is in response to a Change.org petition started by Massachusetts teenager, Sarah Kavanagh who first petitioned Pepsico in 2012 to remove the chemical from Gatorade. Pepsico agreed after the petition received 200,000 signatures. BVO, which is used to prevent ingredients in beverages from separating, has been linked to memory loss and nerve products when consumed in large quantities. Coca-Cola says all of their drinks are safe “and comply with all regulations in the countries where they are sold.” BVO is not approved for use in foods in the European Union and Japan.

More at Money.CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Pepsi Removes Controversial Drink Chemical

Tags: Brominated Vegetable Oil, Coca-Cola, Coke, Pepsi, PepsiCo, BVO, Chemicals in Food, Chemicals in Soda, Sara Kavanagh, Bromine

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Healthy Folks Don't Need It

2 FDA Warns on Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks

The FDA is warning that the daily use of aspirin to ward off heart attacks and stroke can be dangerous for some patients and should only be done in consultation with a physician. Aspirin has become a popular self-administered treatment because of studies that should it lowers heart attack risk. But the FDA cautions that there are potential side effects: As a blood thinner aspirin is not appropriate if you take prescription blood thinners like warfarin, dabigatran (Pradaxa), and rivaroxaban (Xarelto). In addition, aspirin used on a daily basis may cause or aggravate stomach and duodenal ulcers. In general health professionals do not recommend prophylactic use of aspirin for those in otherwise good health.

More at FDA | Posted 3 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Aspirin a Day Might Not Be Such Great Advice

Tags: Aspirin, Heart Health, Pradaxa, Xarelto

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