Health: The Power of Social Media

We all know that social media is powerful; for example, posting questionable data on your Facebook page can prevent you from getting a job or getting into college. The Internet, however, also has the power to change mass-manufactured drinks. Sarah Kavanagh, a teenager from Mississippi, created a petition to ban brominated vegetable oil, also known as BVO, from Coca-Cola’s Powerade sports drink after PepsiCo eliminated the ingredient from its Gatorade products. BVO has been labeled as a flame retardant, and it isn’t even approved for Japan or the European Union. Without the support from the men and women who viewed and signed Sarah’s petition, no changes would have been made to Powerade’s ingredient list. Today, athletes and students alike who drink Powerade can rest assured that the drink is free from BVO.

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