20 Foods You Must Avoid in 2016

Mountain Dew

14. Drinks that contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO)

If you love Mountain Dew, Squirt, Gatorade, or other citrus-flavored soda or sports drink, we have some bad news for you: you’re drinking BVO. That might not sound so bad — BVO is just a vegetable oil that’s used to keep certain beverages homogenized. However, consuming large quantities of BVO (even over time) can lead to an increased risk for some types of cancer, nervous symptom issues, and mental health problems. It’s no good for your thyroid gland either. Ditch the drinks laced with BVO and drink water instead.