Dr. Katz, commenting about the teenager who asked why BVO (brominated vegetable oil) is in her sports drink, made some great points in this LinkedIn article.
“I have long noted that we distort risks– trivializing those we feel we can control (such as our sugar intake, or driving too fast, or texting while driving), and exaggerating those we feel we cannot (such as BVO). The Pulitzer-prize winning author Jared Diamond made that same point in this week’s New Your Times.
“But while any harms of BVO are speculative, the public health toll of excess calories and sugar is well established. The question for the teenage girl concerned enough about ingredients to investigate BVO is: why was she drinking a sugar-sweetened, artificially flavored beverage in the first place? There is no BVO added to water- so we are not dependent on any company to take it out.”
Like, Dr. Katz, I agree we should keep the food supply as healthy as possible…but how often do we find ourselves worrying about small things that are speculative, while refusing to do things that over and over again have been proven through research to be healthful. These include: moderate our calories, move our bodies more, get adequate sleep, learn to relax…
Well said. Jo