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A an excellent old urban legend that i still psychic to now is the the soft drink mountain Dew death sperm and reduces their all at once sperm count. This has been, at least for me, miscellaneous I’ve heard since the playground days throughout grade school. And at the time it made sense, the the only environment-friendly soft drink and also its an extremely acidic and also sweet. The fit the profile and at 13 or so year old i wasn’t gonna inquiry it. Yet now that I have explored science with this course it’s time for me come actually discover the answer.

We very first need to start out with just how did this myth begin or more or less what about mountain dew created this bizarre accusation yet left Sprite, Pepsi, and Coke aside from this. Mountain dew has a good amount of ingredients but the two that stick out the most in this myth are caffeine and also Yellow dye #5, likewise known together Tart

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razine. If you failure this two ingredients we can see the something isn’t adding up. Hill dew contains 54mg of caffeine in a 12 oz can.  That could seem like a many since coke has 34mg every 12 ounces, Dr. Pepper has 41, and Pepsi has 38. If we had to count on caffeine to be the reason for the reduction of sperm then we need to look at various other high caffeine drinks and see how they compare. The typical cup of coffee has 217mg every 12 ounces, about 4 times much more than the hill Dew! So for comparison’s sake, mountain Dew no contain an extremely much caffeine, contrasted to various other things many typically drink. Through even more proof “The Chemical wellness Hazard Assessment department of the Canadian office of chemical Safety reviewed all the present studies on the subject and found that they showed that if a male drank one or twocups that coffee per day, the would have actually an increase in his sperms motility and density.” So in ~ this suggest caffeine if noþeles is act the precise opposite and also actually boost the top quality of sperm.

But us aren’t excellent yet. We still have actually yellow dye #5 or Tartrazine. Tartrazine can be uncovered in anything and everything ranging from ice cream to her favorite bag the chips to chewing gum. Tartrazine is very water soluble so many of Tartrazine you put in your body will certainly run appropriate through kidney 

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and come the end in your urine. Very tiny is actually metabolized by ours bodies. The europe Food safety Authority re-evaluated the results of Tartrazine in 2009.  “There are no adverse effects on reproduction or advance from consuming Tartazine.” They even tested human being at a rate of 1225 mg/kg and also still uncovered no disadvantage effects. Sperm affects aside, the FDA does recommend the we should only ingest 5 milligrams per kilogram per day of Yellow dye #5. But all of this has to do strictly because that allergenic factors not reproductive reasons. But this is only as result of the fact that there are just a very small percentage of people who are allergic to it. (1/1000) 

So over there you have it. Myth busted! mountain Dew’s long lasting accusation of to reduce sperm count has actually been showed wrong. Caffeine and also yellow dye #5 the main ingredients the fueled the myth actually have actually zero effect on reproduction that sperm and at the end of the day every men have the right to rest basic now and sit earlier and enjoy hill Dew. 


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