War, disease, hunger, poverty, while these things have plagued the world for hundreds of years, one thing is apparent, no one enjoys them.
They are not addicting like the green sugary liquid that millions consume every single day. That’s right, I’m talking about Mountain Dew.
The original formula was invented in 1940 by Tennessee beverage bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman. Bill Bridgforth revised that method in 1958 and sold the rights to the Tip Corporation of Marion, Virginia.
William H. “Bill” Jones of the Tip Corporation further developed the formula, creating the version of Mountain Dew that we all know and love. Pepsi-Cola company purchased the rights to the “Green Monster” and began mass producing it in 1964.
This fuzzy drink is big in the South, especially in the Appalachian region as shown below.
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In the Appalachian Mountains, Mountain Dew has a cult-like following. It’s no coincidence that Central Appalachia is No. 1 in the nation in toothlessness. This epidemic is known as Mountain Dew Mouth.
(If you’re squeamish, we suggest you skip past this)
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Mountain Dew is killing people all around the world, but many of us are too blind to see.
Don’t believe it? Let’s look at the stats.
Acidic Beyond Belief
We learn from a very young age to never lick a battery because it has acid in it. Well, here’s a fun fact for you. Battery acid (pH=1), Coke/Pepsi (pH = 2.5), Mountain Dew (pH =3). Is your mind blown yet?
Note: These numbers come straight from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. The lower the number, the more acidic the substance.
There’s always been a rumor that Mountain Dew makes young men’s genital regions smaller. While that’s not necessarily true, the bottle it comes in does affect hormones. It’s due to BPA in plastic and can linings. BPA keeps the acid in the soda from destroying the can. When studied by researchers and scientists, the results show that this toxin significantly increases the chance of infertility, reproductive cancers, altering pancreas beta cells, cardiovascular disease, and thyroid dysfunction.
Every great product has a marketing slogan that gets the people going. Red Bull claims to give “you wings,” M&M wants you to know they “melt in your mouth, not in your hands,” and Mountain Dew tells its consumers that it’s product is “Game Fuel.”
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Each day, hundreds of thousands of gamers around the world pop in their favorite game and play for up to 12 hours all while downing Mountain Dew.
“They’re just sitting for 12 hours, pounding sodas,” one research told Environmental Health News.
This “Game Fuel” isn’t only for gamers. Honey Boo Boo, who gained fame after appearing on Toddlers and Tiara, consumes “go-go-juice” before performances, this is a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew. Quite a deadly combination.
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Even Pepsi Knows It’s Bad
We couldn’t make this up if we tried. In 2012, Pepsi Co was sued after a man named Ronald Ball had claimed a can of Mountain Dew he purchased from a vending machine tasted rancid. After pouring out the contents, he discovered a dead mouse inside. He sent this evidence to Pepsi Co, and their response was that the mouse would have “dissolved in the soda in the time between bottling and consumption, turning it into a jelly-like substance.”
Does this not scare you?
If none of the other things above scare you then maybe this will wake you up.
Mountain Dew contains:
- GMO soy and corn,
- BVO (banned in Europe and Japan), acid
- Sodium benzoate (preservative that reacts with Dew’s vitamin C to create carcinogens),
- Yellow dye (made from coal tar)
- and BPA
This concoction is like something out of Frankenstein. But don’t worry, Pepsi Co wants you to know that these ingredients all together aren’t dangerous.
“This (BVO) is a safe ingredient approved by the FDA, which is used in some citrus-based beverages. Importantly, consumers can rest assured that our products are safe, and our industry adheres to all government regulations.”
That’s where the problem lies, though, the people in charge of regulations are the very same people that once worked for these companies. It’s called the “revolving door” effect and the movie Food Inc, shows how it works.
The Long-term Effects
Obesity, cancer, and other diseases are killing people at an alarming rate! Is Mountain Dew the direct killer? No, but it certainly is increasing the chances for people to develop serious health problems. We can’t write this off and merely say, “but, it’s only soda.”
No, it is a creation that should never have left the lab.
Is There An Answer To Stop The Madness?
Yes, the easiest thing is to stop drinking soda! It provides no nutrition or substance for your body and the negative effects greatly outweigh the positive benefits, which are none.
Drink water or if you wish to provide your children or yourself with a nice refreshing beverage, then make a homemade soda or juice, it is much healthier, and you control exactly what goes in