There have been many wars, epidemics, disease breakouts, poverty and hunger in the human history. They have destroyed millions of lives and we all hate them. But all of these killers don’t have anything addicting about them. Then we have these colored sugary drinks called Mountain Dew which are taken daily by millions!
The Mountain Dew formula was first invented by Barney and Ally Hartman of Tennessee in 1940. It was slightly changed in 1958 by Bill Bridgforth and the rights were bought by the Tip Corporation of Marion.
Then it was at the Tip Corporation that Bill (William H. Jones) who revamped it entirely and gave us the Mountain Dew we all have been drinking today. In the 60s the rights were sold to Pepsi-Cola who became the owners of the “Green Monster.”
Today, Mountain Dew is so popular in certain parts that there is a cult-like following in some region.
The Appalachian Mountains is one example.
But we all have also heard of the Mountain Dew Mouth which is so prevalent in this region.
Central Appalachia is top in the country for the number of toothless people!
This drink is killing so many people all over the world and everyone is just turning a blind eye and drinking more of it.
1. It is more acidic than you can imagine!
Our parents have always told us to avoid a battery because it’s so acidic. Battery has an acidity of pH 1. Coke and Pepsi have acidity of pH 2.5 and Mountain Dew has pH of 3. If that doesn’t blow your mind, what else will?
These stats are reported by none else than the National Institutes of Health and the US National Library of Medicine!
2. Mountain Dew can Destroy your Reproductive System
You must have heard the rumors that Mountain Dew has been shrinking the manhood. There may not be much to prove that, but the impact is not entirely unrelated. The bottle and can that the sugary drink comes in does interfere with your hormones.
The linings in the can and plastic bottle have BPA. The role of the BPA is to protect the can from getting eaten up by the acid in the drink. When the researchers studied it, it was found that this compound has direct impact on infertility rate. other impacts included:
- Reproductive system cancers
- Cardiovascular disease
- Changes in the beta cells in pancreas
- Thyroid dysfunction
3. Misleading Advertising
Behind every successful product there is a great marketing catchphrase that encourages people to buy it. Mountain Dew’s is that it is the “Game Fuel”. M&M’s is that it “melts in your mouth…..” and Red Bull’s is that it gives “you wings”.
Every day hundreds of thousands of crazy gamers worldwide are spending entire day or night playing their favorite video games. And they gulp down tons of Mountain Dew while doing so.
The Environmental Health News reports that gamers spend up to 12 hours a day, continuously drinking sodas.
But it is not just the gamers who are addicted to it. Honey Boo Boo made it to prime-time when she appeared on Toddlers and Tiara. Do you know that she gulps down a combo of Mountain Dew and Red Bull (a toxic combination) before her performances?
4. How Pepsi Came to Acknowledge This
It’s easy to think that all this is made up! You may not even trust the scientific community. But would you trust if Pepsi itself acknowledges how its Mountain Dew works!
Ronald Ball, in 2012, found something jelly like (tasting rancid) in his Mountain Dew. He poured out the content and found something that looked like dissolving mouse!
He sued Pepsi Co and provided this proof. The company responded saying that the mouse had ‘dissolved’ in the bottling-consumption period, which turned it into the jelly-like thing.
If that doesn’t scare you, think of your innards coming in contact with the soda!
5. Use of GMO Products
If you think Mountain Dew is still safe, you should read this. It has the following ingredients:
- GMO corn and soy
- Sodium benzoate (it is a preservative that reacts strongly against vitamin C in Dew and creates carcinogens)
- BVO (this is banned in EU and Japan)
- Yellow dye (produced from coal tar)
All these combine together the perfect cocktail to destroy your body! But Pepsi wants to let its Mountain Dew fans know that there is no harm in drinking all these hazardous chemicals!
According to the company BVO is an FDA approved and very safe ingredient. It is also used in citrus-based drinks. Pepsi assures that all its products are safe and are made under the guidelines set by the government!
And at the root of this problem is that the people setting and monitoring those guidelines are the very people who once used to work at these large corporations. If you have ever seen Food Inc (movie) you would know how this ‘revolving door’ works.
6. Long Term Impact of Mountain Dew
Most of us don’t know about this silent killer, but different chronic diseases including cancers and obesity are killing so many people.
The concerning thing is that Mountain Dew doesn’t kill you directly. It builds those diseases over time, leading to death. It is not that it is just another soda.
It is a combination of harmful chemicals that should have remained in the lab and been never used commercially!
How to Stop the Menace?
You cannot take on the corporations. But you can start by simply stopping to drink soda. There is nothing nutritious in it. All you are doing is destroying your health with it. you can drink water or prepare your own juice/soda at home. You will control what is added into it and it is quite healthy.