Is Mountain Dew Bad for You?
- What Is Mountain Dew Made Of?
- How Much Sugar Is in Mountain Dew?
- How Bad Is the High Fructose Corn Syrup in Mountain Dew?
- Does Mountain Dew Have Caffeine?
- Is Mountain Dew High in Sodium?
- Is the Sodium Benzoate in Mountain Dew Harmful?
- Does Mountain Dew Make You Gain Weight?
- Why Is Mountain Dew Worse Than Other Sodas?
- Is It Bad to Drink Mountain Dew Every Day?
- Can Mountain Dew Cause Memory Loss?
- Is Mountain Dew Bad for Your Heart?
- Is Mountain Dew Bad for Your Teeth?
- What Is the Healthiest Mountain Dew?
- What Can I Drink to Replace Mountain Dew?
- Is Mountain Dew Vegan?
1. What Is Mountain Dew Made Of?
- Mountain Dew has high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Specifically, Mountain Dew has 46g of sugar per can, in the form of HFCS. That’s not good. Even one can of Mountain Dew puts you over the American Heart Association’s daily sugar limit. (Below, we’ll explore whether HFCS is worse than normal sugar or not.)
- Mountain Dew has sodium benzoate. This preservative is a bit controversial because it can potentially turn into benzene, which is a carcinogen. That said, this may be very unlikely in Mountain Dew today. More on sodium benzoate below.
- Mountain Dew has Yellow 5. This dye is controversial for causing possible hyperactivity in children, and for possible connections to cancer. You can read more on yellow 5 here.
- Mountain Dew has concentrated orange juice. This is an unusual ingredient for soda. It sounds healthy, but orange juice is actually not as healthy as many people think, due to the high sugar and low fiber content. So, don’t assume Mountain Dew has the same health effects as eating whole oranges!
- Mountain Dew no longer has brominated vegetable oil (BVO). In the past, Mountain Dew contained BVO, which is banned in several countries around the world. But in response to consumer pressure, Pepsi has in recent years removed BVO from many products, including Mountain Dew.
- Does Mountain Dew Have Alcohol in It? Mountain Dew is a non-alcoholic soda. It does not have alcohol. However, some people may use Mountain Dew as a mixer along with vodka, whiskey, rum, or other alcoholic drinks.
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2. How Much Sugar Is in Mountain Dew?
- Does Mountain Dew affect blood sugar? Mountain Dew contains high amounts of sugar, in the form of high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup spikes blood sugar levels. So yes, Mountain Dew affects blood sugar.
3. How Bad Is the High Fructose Corn Syrup in Mountain Dew?
4. Does Mountain Dew Have Caffeine?
- Is Mountain Dew an Energy Drink? Regular Mountain Dew is not considered an energy drink, although it does have caffeine and sugar. Mountain Dew Amp is the actual energy drink line sold under the Mountain Dew brand. Amp has almost double the caffeine of normal Mountain Dew by volume.
5. Is Mountain Dew High in Sodium?
6. Is the Sodium Benzoate in Mountain Dew Harmful?
7. Does Mountain Dew Make You Gain Weight?
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8. Why Is Mountain Dew Worse Than Other Sodas?
- Mountain Dew vs Coke: Mountain Dew has 7g more sugar per can than Coca-Cola. While Coca-Cola has potentially unhealthy ingredients in caramel color and phosphoric acid, Mountain Dew has Yellow 5. Probably Mountain Dew is worse, but it’s hard to say.
- Mountain Dew vs Pepsi: Mountain Dew has 5g more sugar per can than Pepsi. Like Coke, Pepsi has caramel color and phosphoric acid, while Mountain Dew has Yellow 5. So again—it’s hard to say what’s worse, but probably Mountain Dew.
- Mountain Dew vs Dr Pepper: Mountain Dew has 7g more sugar per can than Dr Pepper. Again, Dr Pepper has caramel color and phosphoric acid, while Mountain Dew has Yellow 5. Neither is great, but Mountain Dew is probably worse.
- Mountain Dew vs Root Beer: Mountain Dew has 1g more sugar per can than Barq’s Root Beer. Barq’s has caramel color, while Mountain Dew has Yellow 5. Probably Mountain Dew is worse, but Barq’s is basically equally bad in terms of sugar.
- Mountain Dew vs Mello Yello: Mountain Dew and Mello Yello have the same amount of sugar. They also both have Yellow 5. I would say Mountain Dew and Mello Yello are equally bad.
9. Is It Bad to Drink Mountain Dew Every Day?
10. Can Mountain Dew Cause Memory Loss?
- What countries have banned Mountain Dew? Japan and Europe have banned the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in foods. Therefore, Mountain Dew was effectively “banned” from Japan and Europe in the past, back when it contained BVO.
11. Is Mountain Dew Bad for Your Heart?
- Is Mountain Dew high in cholesterol? Mountain Dew does not contain dietary cholesterol.
12. Is Mountain Dew Bad for Your Teeth?
- Don’t drink soda all day—instead, limit it to meal times, or just once or twice per day.
- Don’t swish your soda around your mouth or hold it in your mouth for a long time.
- Consider drinking your soda through a straw.
- Rinse out your mouth with water after drinking soda.
13. What Is the Healthiest Mountain Dew?
- Calories: In a 20 oz bottle, Diet Mountain Dew has 10 calories, but Mountain Dew Zero Sugar has 0 calories.
- Caffeine: In a 20 oz bottle, Diet Mountain Dew has 93mg of caffeine, but Mountain Dew Zero Sugar has 113mg of caffeine.
14. What Can I Drink to Replace Mountain Dew?
15. Is Mountain Dew Vegan?
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