Mio Liquid Water Enhancer is a liquid used to flavor water, made by the Kraft Company. It is sold in small plastic squeeze bottles, intended to let consumers add flavor to their water while on the go. But is Mio bad for you?
Is Mio bad For You?
Some people think that Mio is harmless, and can be useful in encouraging you to drink more water. However, the reality is that Mio is not at all good for you, and can actually be harmful in a number of ways.
Why Can Mio Be Harmful to Health?
Mio contains a number of worrying ingredients, including potentially toxic chemicals, and artificial colors and sweeteners. Mio is available in several different flavors, in a number of different product lines.
The brand has four product lines: Mio Vitamins, Mio Fit, Mio Energy, and Mio Original. The Vitamins and Fit lines claim to have health benefits. This is largely a misleading marketing tactic.
The Energy line contains some caffeine, and some of the products in the line have coffee flavors. The Fit line contains B vitamins (B3, B6, and B12) and electrolytes, sort of like a sports drink. One of the options in the Fit line is sweetened with Stevia. It claims to be naturally sweetened, but this is not true: while Stevia is itself a natural substance, it is added to the product and therefore the product cannot be considered “naturally sweetened”.
The artificial colors found in Mio products have harmful side effects. Excessive and/or long-term intake of these substances may lead to side effects such as cancer, aggravation of the symptoms of ADHD in children (such as distractibility and hyperactivity), and allergies.
Artificial Sweeteners Used in Mio Products
The sweetener used in most Mio products is sucralose (also known as Splenda). Excessive consumption of sucralose can be harmful. There are a couple of different reason for this.
One is that the way sucralose is produced causes it to contain a small amount of dangerous heavy metals. Another reason stems from the fact that the body cannot fully absorb sucralose. This means that large amounts of the substance end up accumulating in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, liver, and kidneys.
When sucralose is consumed regularly on a long-term basis, there is a possibility it could lead to issues such as cancer, birth defects, and immune dysfunction. A Duke University study discovered that sucralose can interfere with proper nutrient absorption, and can have an adverse effect on gut microflora.
Mio sometimes uses another artificial sweetener called acesulfame potassium (Ace-k). When it is used on its own, it can taste unpleasant (although it is much sweeter than natural sugar).
It is frequently used in tandem with another artificial sweetener. Although there hasn’t yet been any decisive evidence, some researchers believe that Ace-k might cause neurological damage. Acesulfame potassium contains a chemical called methylene chloride, which is a carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical).
Consumption of acesulfame potassium can lead to short-term effects such as mood disruption, nausea, and headaches, as well as long-term issues like hypoglycemia and liver issues. It might also cause cancer.
Stevia is a sweet substance naturally produced on the leaves of a specific herb. It is used as a sweetener in some Mio products. There hasn’t yet been much research done on Stevia and any potential side effects.
Many Mio products contain a preservative called potassium sorbate. Some studies have demonstrated that the consumption of this chemical could be linked to compromise of the immune system, and is capable of leading to mutations of blood cells and damage of human DNA. Some effects of potassium sorbate may include nutrient loss in food, nausea, allergic reactions, and diarrhea.
Another ingredient in Mio is a form of mineral oil called propylene glycol. It is added to Mio to help prevent discoloration of the product during storage. Propylene glycol is known for its use in polyester and antifreeze production. People prone to eczema might find their condition aggravated by this ingredient. Also, studies using animals have shown that serious health problems might develop as a result of long-term consumption of propylene glycol.
Mio’s Potential Short-Term and Long-Term Side Effects
Potential short-term side effects of Mio include skin rash, hyperactivity and/or distractibility, and asthma attack. Among the possible long-term side effects of Mio may include cancer, cell mutation, birth defects, impaired neurological function, and immune dysfunction.
Cell mutation is a worrying occurrence, as it is through that process that dangerous and potentially lethal cancer can begin to develop.
Cancer begins when there are changes (mutations) in a cell or a group of cells. A tumor can grow when there are problems with the signals that should be sent by and between cells regarding instructions for cell division and production, and there is excess growth. A mutation occurs when a change occurs in the genes in the process of cell division.
When this happens, it indicates that a gene has been copied more than once and/or has been damaged. Mutations can have many different potential causes including, for example, external factors such as the ingestion of harmful chemicals, or internal ones such as internal cell processes.
While it is true that the body can often repair damage to genes (especially when we are young), damage is capable of building up over time.
Mio is Something that is Best Avoided
If even after learning what you have in this article you still want to have Mio, you should stick to only very occasional use. It is far better, however, to give up Mio all together. It is only too easy to lose track of how much of it that you are really ingesting day to day.
Stick to plain water, enjoying it frequently throughout the day. This will ensure that you stay properly hydrated without causing any adverse effects on your health.
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