First, let me apologize for my complete non-understanding of chemistry!
What are all the names for anything bromine? I read in Unyquity's compilations for potassium salt and potassium bromate/bromide being equal to bromine. Is Potassium bicarbonate or potassium chloride a bromine? I did a google search and don't really understand a lot of what I found. I'm hoping that someone who has a fog-less brain and more smarts than I do can help me!
The reason that I'm asking is because the water that I'm drinking is purified by reverse osmosis and/or distillation (huh? - and/or? thought they would have to say one way or another) and to that is added magnesium sulfate, potassium bicarbonate and potassium chloride.
My guess is you are safe from bromine with your water. "Ine" means gas, "ide" means salt, btw -- so unless it was a bromide that had been added specifically, no bromine salts have been added. I am not too clear about the other salts although I know that potassium + magnesium can be a pretty good thing to have on board!
I am going to ask a question I posted earlier here, as it fits with the bromine issue -- but a friend told me he has been drinking Gatorade as part of his workout to prevent lightheadedness. I told him not to, as it contains bromines! (He is drinking the lemon-lime, and it is citrus that requires brominated vegetable oil, which is why citrus drinks should always been suspect.)
Anyway, he went home and checked on the label and there was no "brom" anything. My guess is that it was taken out of Gatorade as other drinks have been recalled for bromine misuse.
Any ideas? I should have gone to the store and looked at labels myself without dissing Gatorade -- I wouldn't drink it myself, but libel is libel! I have, however, seen BVO (brominated vegetable oil) on the Mountain Dew ingredients list, and manufacturers are required to disclose its presence -- it can't be lumped under "flavorings," etc. BUT -- I have been trying to persuade him to check out this site and this forum, and I am now worried that he will be very suspicious if he thinks I am making things up...
Toxicity of bromine has been reported from the ingestion of
some carbonated drinks (e.g. Mountain Dew, AMP Energy Drink,
some Gatorade products) which contain brominated vegetable
oils. Bromine used to be present in many over the counter
medications. It is still used today in many prescription
medications. Over 150 years ago, bromine was used
extensively in medicine as a sedative as well as a remedy
for seizures. Bromine is still found in some medicines
including those that treat asthma, and bowel and bladder
I hope I did that right - the first part is the link to where I found the info, the paragraph is what I wanted to quote: It says that BVO is in SOME Gatorade products. Maybe the one your friend drinks is not one of the them? However, you are correct to try to get him away from HFCS! That's just bad news for everyone!
From above: I have, however, seen BVO (brominated vegetable oil) on the Mountain Dew ingredients list,
>> and manufacturers are required to disclose its presence -- it can't be lumped under "flavorings," etc.<<
Thanks for answering this >>??<< I've had for so long now. Musta' missed it before.
Yeah, at least the manufacturers can't just sneak it in, but must disclose it. There was a product that was recalled a few years ago because of nondisclosure of bromine.
And from what I read about FDA regulation of it, it is a dangerous substance that they keep postponing doing further investigation on (not the most elegant sentence, but -- hey -- it is early!). And of course many countries ban it altogther.
There was a list somewhere on curezone (before the crash, I believe). I just googled brominated food and didn't come up with anything. Hopefully the original poster of that list still has it and can re-post it.