Banned in other countries, little-known ingredient sparking renewed concernsMARIETTA, Ga. — It’s Monday night at the Battle & Brew, a gamer hangout in this Atlanta suburb. The crowd is slumping in chairs, ears entombed in headphones, eyes locked on flat-screen monitors and minds lost in tonight’s video game of choice: “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”To help stay alert all night, each man has an open can of “gamer fuel” inches from his keyboard. “I’ve seen some of these dudes plow through six sodas in six hours,” said Brian Smawley, a regular at the gamer bar. Kyle Victers, a regular at the Battle & Brew in Conyers, Ga., chugs ‘gamer fuel’ for the sugar and caffeine. Unlike some citrus-flavored drinks, his Monster beverage does not contain BVO. Brett Israel/Environmental Health NewsGamers say they chug their fuel for the sugar and caffeine, but drinkers of Mountain Dew and some other citrus-flavored drinks are also getting a dose of a synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil, or BVO. Patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant, and banned in food throughout Europe and Japan, BVO has been added to sodas for decades in North America. Now some scientists have a renewed interest in… Read full this story
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