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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThere has not been enough research to determine the long-term health risks associated with brominated vegetable oil (BVO). Despite the lack of conclusive data, there are plenty of substitutes that soda manufacturers could use to minimize your risk. Until more information becomes available, take steps to protect yourself. Limit sodas or sports drinks. Try healthier swaps: Instead of sports drinks, mix two parts water with one part 100% fruit juice. Have seltzer water in lieu of soda.