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14 Reasons to Stop Drinking Mountain Dew

I recognized a disturbing trend a few years ago. The teens coming to my house for parties were bringing in cases of Mountain Dew for their contribution to the “snack pot luck” along with their  typical MSG chips and high fructose corn syrup cookies. Was Coke and 7-Up losing favor?

As The Real Food Revivalist, I welcome those from all “dietary faiths” into my home, even those bearing the Grand Daddy of soda swill, Mountain Dew. Ever so sneakily, I kick the cases of Dew-trouble into a corner, and try to fill the cooler with bottled water and stevia drinks while luring a few unsuspecting kids over to the vegetable tray or the organic beef hot dog station (Oh, mom!).

What’s My Beef With Mountain Dew

 1) Dental Health Concerns

Mountain Dew was invented in Tennessee and later sold to Pepsi-Cola in 1964.

Central Appalachia is an area known for horrendous dental issues. This region owes its fame to Mountain Dew primarily, according to dentists working in the area. A condition known as Mountain Dew Mouth is rampant in this part of the country.  Parents are putting the Dew in baby bottles for their young’uns and teenagers have pulled their own teeth with pliers because of tooth pain.

ABC News aired a report in 2009 about Mountain Dew Mouth. Children growing up in this poverty-stricken area of Central Appalachia are drinking this soda because it is available and cheap.

It is not  just a problem of poverty-stricken rural America and it is not just a problem caused by Mountain Dew.

 

20 something computer programmer, 6-pack of Mountain Dew per day habit.

 

 

 

 

Even a daily Coke habit will begin to erode enamel away. 

Dental–Health.com dedicates an entire page to photos of bad teeth and erosion of enamel caused by Mountain Dew, energy drinks and other acidic beverages as well as certain medication.

 

How acidic is Mountain Dew?

On the pH scale, a neutral pH is 7. Water is somewhere around neutral.

Anything less than 7 is considered acidic. Mountain Dew scores a 3.2.

There are more acidic substances like Coke and Pepsi (pH = 2.5) and battery acid (pH = 1).

All soda and energy drinks are acidic and can dissolve enamel on teeth.

2) Infertility and Hormone Disruption

Even the can that the soda comes in is messing with our hormones because it is lined with BPA, otherwise the acid would react with the metal can.

BPA in plastic and can linings has never been safety tested.

It is a toxin that is causing obesity, infertility, increased miscarriage, polycystic ovary and reproductive cancers. BPA is altering pancreas beta cells and is associated with cardiovascular disease and thyroid dysfunction.

Manmade chemicals like BPA mimic estrogen and this can be far more damaging to boys and men in terms of reduced sperm counts, infertility and feminization.

3) Targeted Marketing – False Energy

 “Game Fuel”

I don’t have boys so I won’t pretend to understand the world of gamers, but I read stuff, and it isn’t just boys. The average player is 37.

Millions of people are involved in gaming communities and spending an obscene amount of time pursuing their pleasure.  Mountain Dew is marketing to gamers with “Game Fuel” and changing packaging to coincide with the release of key games like Call of Duty.

In these Massively Multiplayer Online games, thousands of players from around the world compete. During these epic battles, a soda every hour is not uncommon. A gamer chugging a 20-ounce bottle of soda every hour will finish 3.5 liters in six hours.

“Go Go Juice”

Who can forget Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson from Toddlers & Tiaras?

Apparently Toddlers & Tiaras moms choose Mountain Dew (“Go Go Juice”) to give their baby pageant contestants that extra special “energy” to wiiiiin!

At a young age Honey Boo Boo was drinking a mix of Red Bull and Mountain Dew on occasion.

Today, Alana is dealing with weight and health problems that began at an early age. Soda consumption and poor quality food options offered to this child have quickly eroded Alana’s health and the health of many young people.

 

 

4) Blood Sugar Issues, Diabetes, Obesity

Can you really prop yourself up with a few cans of Mountain Dew, dumping a cup of sugar into your blood and think it is not going to lead to diabetes or heart disease, much less a giggly belly?

We all have been given one life to live.

5 – 8) Skin Lesions, Nerve Disorders, Muscle Problems, Memory Loss

Is a little Mountain Dew binge ok once in awhile?

Sure if you don’t mind taking a break for some medical attention to tend to your nasty skin lesions, nerve disorders and lack of muscle coordination.

Oh, and the Dew also causes memory loss, so … wait, what was I saying…?

A study reported in the 1997 Journal of Toxicology detailed a case concerning one man’s habit of drinking 2 – 4 liters of bromine-containing soda. This man experienced deterioration to the point of no longer being able to walk and requiring dialysis.

Its called bromine poisoning.

A nasty ingredient called brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is lurking in some soft drinks, baked goods and pasta.

It is found in bleached white flour, Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Squirt, Fresca, some Gatorade, some Powerade and other citrus-flavored drinks. Gatorade, Powerade and other brands have been removing BVO since I first wrote this article in 2012. Mountain Dew continues to contain Brominated Vegetable Oil.

 

k2-_ba3a6f35-635d-4018-95e2-e86738c962da.v1You can still drink BVO in Ruby Red Squirt like one 63 year old man.

Things did not turn out well for him, as described in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This man reported drinking 8 liters of Ruby Red Squirt for several months. He developed disgusting ulcers on his hands and doctors determined that bromine intoxication caused this terrible condition. The main source of bromine came from drinking Brominated Vegetable Oil in Ruby Red Squirt.

 

9) Thyroid Burn Out

Bromine wrecks your thyroid by competing with iodine needed to make thyroid hormones.

Of course, you can always drink more Mountain Dew if you begin to feel fatigue from a burned out thyroid.

What a vicious cycle!

Is it time to get off this energy roller coaster and try a soda-free life!?

 

 10) Dissolves a Mouse

Pepsi lawyers said there is enough acid in Mountain Dew to turn a mouse to goo. This was their defense after a Wisconsin man claimed to find a mouse in his can of Dew. (Impossible! The acid in the Dew would have turned a mouse into goo! I rest my case! – – Top Attorney for Pepsi.)

 

 

11) BVO in Mountain Dew is Also in Flame Retardants.

BVO, also found in flame retardants, is banned in Europe and Japan, but not in the good ‘ol USA. (Yes, American Beverage Association, water is also a flame retardant!) The difference is, my body requires water and I am happy to drink water, not a laboratory-created chemical flame retardant.

Why is BVO used?

The Beverage Institute claims,  “BVO is used to “prevent the citrus flavoring oils from floating to the surface in beverages.”

It gives the appearance of being juice, but it is really a laboratory creation resulting from spiking soybean oil or corn oil with bromine.

12) GMO Ingredients

The soybean and corn oil used to make BVO are most certainly from genetically modified plants. High Fructose Corn Syrup is also made from GMO corn.

Mountain Dew contains more caffeine and more genetically modified high fructose corn syrup than any other soda.

13 – 14) Preservatives, Dye

Mountain Dew Ingredients

 

GMO soy and corn, BVO, acid, sodium benzoate (preservative that reacts with Dew’s vitamin C to create carcinogens), yellow dye (made from coal tar) and BPA make it one of the most toxic things you can consume.

Go ahead and write to Pepsi with your concerns, but they will say that they are working to remove BVO from all products.

When?

Initially Pepsi had this to say when concerned consumers asked for the removal of BOV:

“This (BVO) is a safe ingredient approved by the FDA, which is used in some citrus-based beverages,” said Christopher Gindlesperger of the American Beverage Association, which represents PepsiCo, maker of Mountain Dew. “Importantly, consumers can rest assured that our products are safe and our industry adheres to all government regulations.

Yes, now you can rest assured that Mountain Dew is safe (as long as it remains on the shelf at the store).

Dye: Yellow 5. Feingold.org reports,

When you eat things with Yellow 5, you lose zinc through your urine and saliva. If you have ADHD, you lose it even faster than someone without ADHD (Ward 1990, 1997). Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is required by hundreds of your body’s enzymes involved with the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol. Zinc is also critical for wound healing, sense of taste and smell, immune system function, bone strength, thyroid function, blood clotting, cognitive functions, prenatal development, and sperm production. Even a mild deficiency can produce a wide range of physical and mental problems.

Follow the money.

The global soft drink market is booming with $337.8 Billion in sales annually. We know that key players in this market, like Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, will continue to cash in on addicted Americans.

 

The choice is yours.

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Here is more information on the toxic effects of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

 

15073454909_7e05a43e5b_zLooking for alternatives to soda and sports drinks:

For the record, water is the best option, but sometimes people want flavor and variety. I am aware that sparkling mineral water, tea, homemade lemonade and other healthy beverages can be acidic. These are much better options than soft drinks and Mountain Dew for the 14 Reasons mentioned above.

 

You can also make your own sports drink

 

 

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76 Comments

  • Stephanie July 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I have drank Mountain Dew, since 2010. Ever since I began drinking the drink, it has had a horrible effect on my teeth, my muscles, acid reflux, stomach problems, my memory, my energy levels, and moods. I have noticed if I drink more than three a day, I will have uncontrollable shaking and feel very jittery. I am slowly taking myself off this barbaric drink, because of the horrible effects it has had on body. I recommend anyone attempting to stop drinking this drink, to start incorporating water with your Mountain Dew. Every time I drink Mountain Dew, I always have two glasses of water afterwards. I am down to only one a day, but upon reading this article I am NEVER touching it again.

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    • Christine Stubbs September 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      I am wondering if drinking sometimes up to 2 liters a day of Mountain Dew is the reason I am so grouchy and irritable all the time. It’s pretty much all I drink from the time I get up until the time I finally go to sleep. I have been drinking Dew for the past 10 or 15 years at least. 🙁

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  • R July 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    With this laundry list of death, I don’t understand why this is legal to produce and sell to humans….

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    • A May 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Very easy why it’s legal, because this article is largely BS and exaggerations.
      Ok, it has a pH of 3.5, lime juice is 2.2. The mouse dissolving has to do with acidity. Lime juice can do the same. Teeth issues? Acidity. Multiple “examples” are redundant and are only separated to add to the list to make it seem longer. BVO issues were listed twice for the same reason: to pad the numbers. Even still, for BVO to have a significant effect, you need to consume a lot of it.
      There is NO LINK between most GMOs and health issues. Some preservatives have shown possible correlation with health effects, but not all. Feingold’s claims are, largely, up for debate and have no concrete findings.
      Hormonal issues/infertility are caused by obesity, which ANY unhealthy diet will cause. Products with HFCS just do it more easily, this is not specific to Dew.

      ALL of these problems can be easily avoided with moderation. Drinking excessive amounts of ANY soda, or ANYTHING with HFCS is not good for you. There’s nothing wrong with have a can or 2 or soda sometimes, but to at like it’s poison is blatently false.

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      • Erin Chamerlik May 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

        I disagree with you, but you know that already! Regarding your statement that there is “NO LINK between most GMOs and health issues” – I encourage people to read everything possible on GMO before buying the party line that they are safe.
        http://responsibletechnology.org/jeffrey-smith-and-team-irt-are-back-in-the-hill/

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      • Jonda L Smith November 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm

        In response to the comment left by “A” – I didn’t know any better I would assume you work for Mountain Dew… Oh and you have to be completely ignorant and a Mountain Dew drinker. Please do not take offense, it’s an opinion. But I want to start by saying you’re not going to find very many people who consume that much lime juice is equivalent to what people drink of Mountain Dew. Also for you to say GMO products are not bad for you goes to show you do not do your research. And lastly, I have a sister who drink Mountain Dew avidly for 8 years and she ended up with a disorder that put holes in Her Bones caused by Mountain Dew. My father was an avid Drinker of Mountain Dew for 15 years. He quit drinking it ten years ago because his doctor told him that was the reason he was having so many health issues with his blood pressure, his sperm count and his stamina. When he quit drinking it within a month all those problems were resolved. Whoever you are please do your research before you make assumptions. Because that’s all those are the facts are out there.

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  • Stephanie8000 July 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I used to drink it and in about 2008 I began getting serious stomach problems. A few years later I was told I have massive ulcers all over my stomach.I also began being sensitive to fluoride and had to start using non fluoridated toothpaste. That made my teeth stop becoming damaged. I denied it was because of Mountain dew, and still drank it, while I began getting many more health problems. Including heart disease and hormone problems. By the time I was 19 years old, I just gave up and stopped going to the doctor. My boyfriend to began having bad health problems He also drank dew with me. We would drink a total of 7 a piece everyday. It was reeking havoc on us. He suddenly said, he just had to stop. I had tried several times to stop, and when I stopped mountain dew, I gained about 60 lbs! This was strange to me, Why would i gain so much weight? I went to only water! So I started back but it was killing him so when he finally stopped, I stopped as well. I am going to guess it is the Brominated Vegetable Oil. We have since began drinking Orange Fanta. I noticed this Article claims it has BVO, but alas this is what is on the can.

    Orange Fanta:
    Carbonated water, High fructose corn syrup. citric acid, Sodium Benzoate, Natural Flavors. Modified Food starch,Sodium Polyphosphates, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Yellow 6, Red 40.

    Fanta orange has not been hurting us, and has seemed to reverse my heartburn.So far so good.

    Just be careful. I had heart and vein problems. an aneurism ,
    and when I dead stopped Mountain dew like that, I have felt lightly dizzy. Its been about 3 weeks now, and I still occasionally get pain in my aneurism area with dizziness. However, all my other health problems have stopped. Now to deal with the blood pressure, vein and heart issues that Mountain dew gave me. I am sick of being sick, and now I am sick of being dizzy.

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    • GBWadmin July 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I do not recommend any soda, and high fructose corn syrup will contribute to issues of blood pressure and metabolism. The acid isn’t helpful either.

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      • Stephanie8000 July 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm

        Thank you GBWadmin!
        I really appreciate your answer. I have zero health problems at this moment. I still can’t drink only water. I tried yesterday and bloated and got sick! I store it like a squirrel. Perhaps I am too hydrated. My joints swell up to. I haven’t been adding any salt to my diet either , in hopes of lessening bloat but it isn’t working. Diet drinks worry me, so I am stuck with this or Tea! I really am glad you wrote this article. If you didn’t I would still be in bad shape. You helped me turn around my bad health and I am eternally thankful for that. I never knew Mountain Dew had this stuff in it, seems as though its been added in the past few years, because it even taste different;y than it used to. Again Thank You, you saved my life.

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    • irfaan sheikh August 27, 2015 at 6:58 am

      yeah dear
      ..im totally agree with u..

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  • kim August 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Well I just read your article and i am a die hard Mt. Dew drinker now I guess that will be changing. I am terrified of mice and to think that my drink of choice would turn them into goo freaks me out. We will just put aside all the medical reasons not to drink. Goodbye to my new found enemy. They should not be permitted to sell such a thing.

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    • michelle September 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      I have been drinking dew for over 30 years and have a lot of health problems listed on these pages never did I realize it was caused from my favorite and only drink I have been working on getting off the soda bit suffer severe headaches when I don’t have any yes it is my own fault I drink it and have only drink it bit had I known what was in it then and how addictive it is and any of these health problems would arise from it I can garentee I would of never touched it

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  • Basha August 3, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    My husband is totally addicted to m.dew.
    Has become irrational, hyper, manic.
    makes no sense with reasoning.
    I do not know what to do.
    He will not listen to me about how Toxic this
    is.
    What will it take to make the greedy pepsi company to Stop
    making this poison?

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  • James August 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    this is all a bunch of BS, I’m 36 years old probably drink a liter of diet dew a day and am in outstanding health. i have great teeth perfect skin and people routinly guess that im in my mid 20’s…..trust me if this stuff had any harmful effects i would have been dead years ago. this website is obviously trying to scare people to get more website views. they will probably delet ethis comment since it doesnt jive with their agenda

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    • GBWadmin August 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Not BS, glad that you aren’t noticing the effects that some people experience. Hidden effects can be detrimental to health just the same. I don’t do anything for website views. I write to share what I learn about processed food. My goal is to get people eating real food and stop drinking all soda, not just Mountain Dew. Thanks for reading. Carry on!

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      • Elizabeth August 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        Hey there! I just wanted to say thank you so much for making this article! I was joking around with my boyfriend about how Mt. Dew has lighter fluid in it (my brother had told me at some point) and just to prove it, I googled it and saw your article. Honestly, I really think this is game changer for him, and thank you for spreading awareness. Even if they aren’t showing symptoms, there are always ramifications. Thanks again!

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    • Basha August 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      I feel so sorry for you.
      Why would you or anyone with common sense choose to
      drink a mixture of chemicals that do lead to tumors, and kills your brain cells?
      Oh maybe that is why you are in denial.
      Are you addicted to this crap?
      Have you seen the program Zoo yet?
      The Dupont company, Monsanto, Pepsi, etc.
      Are killing us with their Poison , all for Greed!
      Wake up!

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    • dave December 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      My nephew made the same comment the other day about smoking. He told me that the doctor said his lungs are in good shape even after smoking for years. I told him hes one in a million… only time will tell.

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      • Erin Chamerlik December 16, 2016 at 11:25 am

        The doctor did him a disservice by leading him to believe that cigarettes are not harming him. We all get to choose how we live.

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  • Stephanie August 5, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I am glad I found this article. I have been drinking mt. dew for years since I was a kid and now in my late 30″s. I quit drinking it for over a year and lost a lot of weight, didn’t have as many dental issues and all around felt great with healthy diet and exercise. Certain circumstances in my life led me back to the dew again and I became addicted once again. I heard about the mouse goo about a year ago and stopped drinking it again for maybe 6 months and ended up going back to it again..ugg. I am currently trying to kick the habit again and for good this time. This article has given me a lot to think about and I really hope I can do it this time, thanks.

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    • becky September 19, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      i hope this article has help you think about what it can do to you and i also hope that you can find a way to stop drinking mt. dew. you can try to connect all the puzzle pieces together and figure out why you are always going back again. stay tuned!

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  • Blake August 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I’ve been drinking Mountain Dew for the last 6 years or so. Never experienced any problems and never known anyone who has. Instead of blabbering against a popular soda you have lost taste for or dislike otherwise for an unknown reason. But set aside 64 ounces of Dew a day will really do some damage to your body. But the issue in addressing is the over exaggerating of conditions that may or may not be cause by Mountain Dew. Compared to most other sodas. Mountain Dew is the least acidic and unlike coke which I can’t even list the number of things that caused me to drop it as my favorite beverage. Mountain Dew doesn’t cause as many problems as listed here. After years of drinking it pretty much everyday I’ve had no problems whatsoever. In an experiment I did myself on its affect on teeth. I ate some caramel and other sticky foods and chugged back a dew and it almost completely took of my teeth. In another experiment it whitened my teeth better than toothpaste. It has a few problems concerning health but don’t over exaggerate. It’s wrong.

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    • GBWadmin August 29, 2015 at 7:52 am

      ok. Again, I am against all soda. And candy.

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      • Stephanie8000 September 12, 2015 at 11:35 pm

        Dear GBW Admin,
        I have found a few more things with BVO in them, and have eliminated them from my diet, even some dressings and chocolate mixes, which I loved sadly. Spoke to my uncle the other day, and he said he was having health problems. I mentioned mountain dew, and having to stop it because of the ulcers it caused me and he said, “huh, maybe that is whats wrong with me”. He is trying to stop it now to. I feel great still. It was 100% the Mountain dew. People should stay away from drinking or eating things they can make batteries from. I have also noticed how many Stephanie’s have wrote you! Also I have found Faygo Orange does have BVO.
        Thank you Admin, I and my family are on our way back to good health!

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  • marquis September 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Stop giving drink that is pioson

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  • Levi September 26, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I was like I cant live without this drink. Now Im not. Its #TERRIBLE!!!

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  • Syed Mohsin September 29, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I am Student from Srinagar in Jammu and kashmr. I am addicted of Mountain Dew. I drink daily more than 5 bottles of dew.i cant stop drinking.so please tell me how can i stop drinking.i drink since 5 or 6 years contineously…please reply me….

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    • GBWadmin October 3, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Switch to a sparkling mineral water with fresh lemon/lime juice added or organic iced herbal tea. It will be tough for about a week, but you can do it! Maybe start by tapering off, 4 this week, 3 next week, 2 the following week, 1 then none.

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    • Leslie November 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      ONLI has an all natural lemon watermelon. The best!!

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  • Darrell Carter October 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    People sometimes will talk to me about how harmful Mountain Dew and sodas are, because I drink soda A LOT. I would estimate that I drink AT LEAST a 2-liter a day, but could easily drink 2 if I’m working on the computer for a long period of time.

    I don’t enjoy drinking water – it has no taste, and it doesn’t give that “burn” going down that peps me up. Plus, the main reason I drink ANY soda is the caffeine. I take anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications, and they make me sleepy and low-energy, but my work requires me to be energetic and productive. I’ve never been a coffee drinker or a tea drinker. I like the convenience of being able to buy a soda, drink it, and be “woken up” for a couple of hours.

    If Mountain Dew does all the things you’re saying, then I SHOULD be experiencing a lot of the symptoms, since I’ve been drinking a lot of soda most of my life, with an increase in the last five years since I’ve been taking medication. Besides having more cavities than I’d like (probably more due to my lack of professional dental care ), I’m not sure I’m experiencing all the things the article is mentioning.

    Is there something wrong with taking caffeine tablets in place of sodas? Then I could maybe drink Minute Maid Fruit Punch, which tastes good and is sweet. Water is flavorless and doesn’t offer anything in the way of “pep” or “enhancement,” besides being a substance that your body needs to function. I need more than function; I need energy and enjoyment.

    It’s like when someone is eating a steak, and someone says, “Why are you eating that steak??? It’s so bad for you, and it’s wrong to kill animals for food!!! You could go vegan and eat soybeans for protein.” Yeah… they could, but their enjoyment of life has taken a hit, and they’re no receiving that “delight” of one of their favorite foods.

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    • GBWadmin October 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      You can try Lacroix waters or sparkling San Pellegrino with flavored Liquid Stevia drops for the fizz and flavor. I hear you saying that the medications make you sleepy, so maybe working on the root cause of that would in the end help you produce real energy so that caffeine isn’t needed. I would read the book by Julia Ross called Mood Cure. You’ll find lots of support if you would like to wean off medication in time with the help of your doctor. She will lay out a plan involving real food – we need to eat quality animal protein and lots of healthy fats three times a day to support happy moods and calm feelings. Caffeine works against that so I don’t recommend caffeine pills either. In the Mood Cure you will learn about amino acids, like 5HTP, to bring in support for your happy brain chemicals like serotonin.
      LaCroix:http://amzn.to/1FSZHiv
      Liquid Stevia drops:there are many flavors, here’s orange http://amzn.to/1Q21p1s
      San Pelligrino Sparkling Mineral Water: http://amzn.to/1FQdwi8
      Peppermint is a natural way to wake up, use the oil, a drop on the back of your neck, or just inhale while working: http://www.ylwebsite.com/erinchamerlik/peppermint
      Energy Supplements: Omega 3, CoQ10, Vitamin d3 2000 – 5000 IU/day, B Complex vitamins

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  • jen October 9, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I drink about 18 12paks a month

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  • shahid October 10, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I am muslim and i drink every day dew and and some time coca cola so here is alcohol in these drinks or not plz give me answer

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  • brian October 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve been on at least 44oz daily of Diet Mtn Dew since 2008. When I lost 20lbs switching from regular soda in about 30 days! Now Oct 2015 my Dr discovered I have extreme low Vit D3. All my other test are OK. Could it be the caffiene or just diet Dew in general causing Vit D3 deficiency??

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    • GBWadmin October 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      I would supplement with 5,000 – 10,000 IU D3 until your levels are 50-80 ng/ml. We just aren’t out in the sunshine so most people need to supplement.

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  • Jimmy October 18, 2015 at 2:17 am

    This is very good evidence to stop drinking mt dew but it should be more about telling people about moderation if you drink mt dew and other sodas in moderation you will get no health problems its just when peolpe completely overdose on the stuff drinking 6-7 cans a day then its a problem

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    • GBWadmin October 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      I don’t promote the idea of moderation when it comes to soda. It is always bad for health. Even drinking just one soda a day increases the risk of diabetes. A new study published in the British Medical Journal finds that “people in the habit of drinking one sugar-sweetened beverage — such as a soda or sweetened tea — every day had an 18 percent increased risk of developing the disease over a decade. That’s compared with people who steer clear of sugary beverages.”

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  • amber November 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve been drinking this all my life and never had a problem with it and I’m 19 years old now? Lol.

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    • Katie December 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      19 is still so young. Wait until you hit your late 20’s to 30’s. You will have ulcers or pre diabetes or gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease. Or you’ll be way over weight, or have fertility issues. It might not seem realistic now, but when I was younger I never even thought of my fertility and wish I had. I was able to have a baby in my early 20’s but in my 30’s I can’t hve one at all. I have PCOS which I think can be caused by caffeine also.

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    • Sue March 27, 2016 at 6:14 am

      You are coasting along on the luxury of youth. It most likely will catch up to you. Let this health info make you curious enough to do your own research into it-then make your own informed-decision. I do this, myself.

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  • Brenda November 22, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Thank you for the great information. My son is 9yrs old and kept mentioning Dew and Doritos I could not figure it out. We were in the deli and he is looking for this drink, he finds it and brings it to me. Do not want to do drama so I buy it. Gave him the chance to taste. He drinks a little. No real opinion from him. My aunt is visiting says something against the drink he dumps the rest. Next morning he again mentions the drink. We love just looking up different subjects on line. How bad is Mountain Dew for you? I type. Sure as rain there it was. Perfect, I red it to my son. We went over it by mid way he was hiding under the covers. I never drink soda never liked it. He kept seeing these advertisements with his games! So sad how convoluted it all has become. Even worse gaming but to combine the two It is like a big bomb ready to go off. This is why the United States are in such dire straits. Gave him a talk about the decisions we have to make and to not be swayed by society and to always do research. We should all be protected but it seems we as a nation have become blind sided. We are like the lab mouse. Let’s take care of ourselves and most important our children.

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  • Jerry December 3, 2015 at 6:45 am

    WOW! This article has truly inflated the effects of Mountain Dew with misplaced propaganda from other medical conditions much more serious than drinking Mountain Dew. Sorry for your lack of business….

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  • Eric December 6, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I used to drink mtn dews and amps a few times a day i had gotten into drinking voltage more than anything. A few years ago out of no where with no prior medical issues i developed ITP and hemolytic anemia. It was treated with blood transfusion and hemoglobulin infusions.They had done bone marrow and liver biopsies but still couldnt find the cause it seems to happen now every 1.5-2 years and always after i drink something then find out later it had bvo in it after. You might say “well read the label first” or “dont drink sodas” i have cut back to maybe 1-2 sodas a month and 2 years is a long time to keep your guard up reading every single label. I wasnt sure why this was happening until i saw that there is a link to BVO and autoimmune diseases. I wish the fda wasnt in the pocket of these corporations and would do their jobs to keep things like this out of drinks. Other countries have banned them for years but apparently americans are less important than keeping the companies happy.

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  • Chance January 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I have white teeth and no cavities. Have been drinking mtn dew and other sodas for years. People should be aware every serving of soda should be followed by a serving of water to wash the acids and sugars off your teeth and then brush your teeth for atleast 2 minutes a day. This is steps the typical soda drinker does not follow

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    • Chance January 24, 2016 at 10:57 am

      I don’t drink from cans also. I get fountain drinks. That takes care of the problem with the plastic containing carcinogens.

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      • GBWadmin January 25, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        Checking ingredients today: Its still containing health-damaging ingredients: Stop the chemicals if you want to life a long, healthy life. The problems are many, read up on Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid (GMO?), Natural Flavor (MSG?), Sodium Benzoate (a preservative that promotes cancer), Erythorbic Acid, Gum Arabic, Calcium Disodium Edta, Brominated Vegetable Oil, Yellow 5.

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      • Kevin February 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        I drink Mt. Dew from the can and actually prefer the can over any other way because it gets colder. There is nothing better then to drink a cold Mt. Dew when you are hot. I also have 3 kids so saying it makes you sterile is totally false. I have perfect teeth and hardly aver get sick. If you ask me Mt. Dew keeps me healthy. I also teach math and have no problem with memory. Don’t believe any of the so called facts.

        32 years old father of 3.

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        • GBWadmin February 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm

          I am happy that you are apparently healthy in spite of drinking soda pop. I am not claiming that everyone who drinks Mountain Dew will experience every possible consequence, but some people will experience negative health consequences from choosing to drink Mountain Dew and soda in general. Across the board, it does not promote health to drink soda and Mountain Dew. I choose to do everything I can to eat foods and drink beverages that promote a healthy body. You can choose to put chemicals in your body and I can choose to avoid chemicals at all costs. I spent the first 40 years of my life eating and drinking processed garbage but that all changed for me when “all of a sudden” I had many health problems. I will spend the rest of my life trying to help other people see processed food for what it really is.

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    • GBWadmin January 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Helps your teeth, but does not protect your body from the damaging effects of the genetically modified corn syrup, high acid, BVO etc.

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  • Bob O February 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    … and the GMO issue is not that some kind of a puppymonkeybaby molecule results in fructose. The continuing and compounding issue is that the herbicide resistant GMO corn allows more indiscriminate use the herbicides that are causing neural pathologies and cancers and birth defects in the corporate Ag centers of North America… the seed issues and monoculture practices not to mention the underpinning effects of millions of gallons of glyphosate toxicities in the biome.
    The use of GMO’ species to produce corn fructose as a herbicide resistant crop isn’t significant in your own poisoned single organism, your body. The significance of course is the entire ecological surrounding of millions of organisms over thousands of years. Drink lots of Pepsi products and maybe you too can give birth to a puppymonkeybaby. Probably lot’s of critters in the surrounding forest are.

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  • kevin February 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    well after reading all these comments about i guess i should be dead. I,ve been drinking Mountian Dew for 20+ years and i consume alot more in 1 day then anyone here posted. My day starts at 5am with a liter then 2 more liters at work then usually 1 or 2 more at home and in the summer months it can be more depending on the temp. This has been my pattern of drinking for 20+ years and i don’t drink other sodas. I’ve had no health problems and have all my teeth that are straight and cavity free. So in my personal opinion the effects of mountian dew is solely dependent on the persons health when they’ve consumed it and if they had something pre-existing.I’m not saying BVO is good for you I just feel it really depends on the person

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    • GBWadmin February 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

      There are health consequences, you may not be noticing them yet. 3 liters of Mountain Dew a day for 20 years? I challenge you to go one day without it.

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  • Austin March 7, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Ya this doesn’t change my mind about mountain dew one bit. Throwback mtn dew is the greatest thing ever created. It is the elixir of the Gods 🙂 seriously though, dew is love, dew is life.

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  • Brad March 22, 2016 at 10:04 am

    FYI -The pH of your “alternative” beverage of carbonated water with fresh lime/lemon is likely to fall right around the pH of Mountain Dew, due to the carbonic acid that is giving you your bubbly joy. The pH of typical mass-produced lemonades is around 2.6, so if you’re anywhere near the lemon flavor of Minute Maid, you’ve got an acid strength right around Pepsi.

    You make many good points about the health hazards of the sugar and such, but you’re going to get lambasted by science if you don’t maintain a consistent view on all points.

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    • Erin Chamerlik March 22, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Thanks for this observation, I’ll add a clarifying statement to the post:
      For the record, water is the best option, but sometimes people want flavor and variety. I am aware that sparkling mineral water, tea, homemade lemonade and other healthy beverages can be acidic. These are much better options than soft drinks and Mountain Dew for the 14 Reasons mentioned above.

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  • Aaron April 7, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve been drinking about10cans a day for 14 years now ( lifetimes more, sometimes less). Pretty much everything in that article is b.s. I’m in perfect health, I’ve had 2 cavities in 32 years, one of which was before soda drinking. I have normal cholesterol and blood sugar. I have a near superhuman memory (I supervise operation of nuclear power plants). I have a normal and healthy sex life. Americans are searching for something to cure them being fat (I’m 5’8″ 145 lbs), and blaming everything from red meat to processed sugar to mountain dew. Get off your ass every now and then and you won’t be hospitalized every time you enjoy something that isn’t lettuce or water. I’m tired of weak (and weak-minded) people saying everything that is fun in life will kill you. If I lived “healthily” in accordance with today’s standards, I’d probably have taken a long walk off a short bridge long ago.

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    • Erin Chamerlik April 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

      It is your choice.
      Although I normally delete comments using profanity and attacking me and others who are bringing a message of health and wellness, I will publish your comment.
      I encourage you to study and read up on every ingredient that you are consuming when drinking 10 cans for 14 years.
      In a single day from 10 cans of Mountain Dew alone you consume 2.4 cups of sugar – more than a pound of sugar from genetically modified high fructose corn syrup.
      Over the past 14 years that means you have consumed 12,242 cups of sugar, or 5,441 five-pound bags.
      Tell me again how this is having no effect on your health.
      To begin your nutrition education, start by investing 90 minutes in learning the truth – listen to one podcast.
      The speaker is Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.
      He explores the damage caused by sugary foods.
      https://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM

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  • Jessica April 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I use to drink Mountain Dew way back when. Yes, it was hard to cut myself off for I would caffeine withdraws. Going cold turkey is never easy that’s for sure. Till this day giving up all soda has been the best choice I have ever made. I drink mostly water which I infuse with my favorite veggies and fruit. Or I will drink pomegranate green tea even coffee I drink basically only in the mornings. For those saying test they can never give up Mountain Dew, I highly recommend doing so. Your body, overall health and well being will thank you.

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  • Eddie May 22, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Judging from the real contest of the daily life,all brands of soda are toxic and harm to our lives.
    So my advise to all if to value your lives by doing the right thing.Remember life is very important, you need it in order to complete the work God created you for.

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  • J. Dub June 24, 2016 at 5:45 am

    I’d like to add that it has been proven and researched that cancer is caused mainly by an acidic body. Our bodies are meant to be mostly alkaline, with a ph level of about 7, like water, That’s why we need water, why its the most important element on the planet. Soda beverages carry multitudes of toxic matter, like sugar(yes your body needs it but too much and it becomes toxic to your body), dyes, etc., top that off with the million other toxins in the world like alcohol, caffeine and tobacco and you have a lot of people living lifestyles in which their bodies are acidic, unhealthy, and cancer prone. This is why so many people get cancer these days… because there are so many deadly products on the market. They are literally handing us loaded guns just waiting for us to pull the trigger. Bottom line, too much of anything is toxic to your body. Even water. But recognizing that even the slightest amount of some of these products out there can really be bad for you is the 1st step to making healthier choices. I loved soda, I loved alcohol, I loved cigarettes, just like I still love a cup of coffee in the morning, but I had to quit em. Just like I had to quit being negative. Negativity’s just as toxic as Mtn Dew. But yet so many can’t give em up. God bless.

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  • Nonbiasist July 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Good job revealing the bad effects of Moutain Dew, but you didn’t explain the good effects it has. Moutain Dew Classic contains the ingredient Orange Juice, and everyone knows that is good for you. Also, the Phosphoric Acid can aid in food digestion by breaking down food.

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  • Luciano July 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I drank 2 in one day, and the day before I drank like 4 or 3. I felt so stressed out and hyper, now I shall end drinking Mountain Dew.

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  • J.P. Dezainde August 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I’ve started drinking mountain dew voltage and started get heartburn its only been a week since I started and I’m on medication for ulcers my ulcers were fine till I started drinking this garabage.I’m going to start drinking tea again nice article btw very professional.

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  • tracy August 30, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I, like a lot on here have had a dew in my hand my whole life, started at 16 and have only missed maybe a handful of days since. I am now 49 and healthy as can be, on hot days like today drinking 4 or 5 16oz bottles is easy along with lots of water also. I have always thought I must burn it off working cause I’ve always been 6’4 @185 and never ever get sick, even a cold, maybe once a decade is all. So ya it must depend on the person and the activity level and more important the mindset to stay well.

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  • james August 31, 2016 at 7:19 am

    It is soft kill weapons ppl they are trying to kill us an depopulate the country.wake up this is just one of many of there poision. The air we breathe also look at all the ppl with breathing problems. It isn’t all from smoking the poision they spray in the air from the jets falls back down here for us to breathe.

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  • Carter W. October 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I drink one can of Mt. Dew Throwback a day… No more, no less. I like the taste and breaks the monotony of drinking eight 16 oz. bottles of water of day .

    I grew up drinking Mt. Dew and RC in 70’s and 80’s in southern Virginia and don’t have “Hillbilly Mouth”, or weigh a ton LOL. It’s called, having good dental hygiene and staying active.

    If you want to look at “killer foods” look no further than boxed dinners (i.e. Hamburger Helper, Betty Crocker, etc. and the frozen dinner aisle) and look at those ingredients… Not to mention, the sodium and cholesterol levels.

    Want to eat and drink healthy? Bust out your wallet and make sure your budget is healthy (pun intended). Go organic, as that’s a sure bet.

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