Between the 1940s and 1980s, there was just one variety of Mountain Dew, which was citrus-flavored and caffeinated in most markets (see Caffeine-Free Mountain Dew below). Diet Mountain Dew was introduced in 1988, followed by Mountain Dew Red, which was introduced and subsequently discontinued in 1988. In 2001, a cherry flavor called Code Red debuted. This product line extension trend has continued, with expansion into specialty, limited time production, region-specific, and retailer-specific (Taco Bell, 7-Eleven) variations of Mountain Dew.
There’s always been a rumor that Mountain Dew makes young men’s genital regions smaller. While that’s not necessarily true, the bottle it comes in does affect hormones. It’s due to BPA in plastic and can linings. BPA keeps the acid in the soda from destroying the can. When studied by researchers and scientists, the results show that this toxin significantly increases the chance of infertility, reproductive cancers, altering pancreas beta cells, cardiovascular disease, and thyroid dysfunction.
Central Appalachia is an area known for horrendous dental issues. This region owes its fame to Mountain Dew primarily, according to dentists working in the area. A condition known as Mountain Dew Mouth is rampant in this part of the country. Parents are putting the Dew in baby bottles for their young’uns and teenagers have pulled their own teeth with pliers because of tooth pain.
Another Mountain Dew ingredient, tartrazine, was rumored to lower sperm count, but no scientific evidence of a connection was ever found. For people who drink one or more cans of soda a day, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases 26 percent, according to studies published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Other studies involving the link between sugar-sweetened beverages and coronary heart disease show a 20 percent difference between those who consumed them regularly and those that consumed rarely.
One of the Mountain Dew ingredients, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is a sugar substitute that is thought to be far worse for your health than sugar. HFCS has been through an enzymatic process, which is done to increase the fructose level of the corn syrup. The increase in fructose goes hand-in-hand with an increase in risk. The long term consumption of HFCS can be a direct cause of type 2 diabetes. HFCS also converts to fat much easier than other sugars, which could be one of the reasons why there has been a dramatic increase in obesity.