Little Known Facts About Mountain Dew Soft Drink
Does it Really Cause Fertility Problems in Men?
Originally, Mountain Dew was the nickname for whiskey, especially bootleg whiskey. Mountain Dew Soft Drink contains no alcohol. However, its creators, Barney and Ally Hartman, originally bottled the lemon-lime soda to be mixed with whiskey. A little known fact about Mountain Dew Soft Drink is that this version was born in the 1940’s in the Tennessee hills.
If you’re old enough to remember the Mountain Dew bottles of the 1960’s, or, if you’ve seen one of these relics, you surely remember what they looked like. The bottles were green. The labels were red and white. On each bottle was a picture of a hillbilly character shooting his gun at a revenuer as the trespasser runs out of an outhouse for his life. A goofy-looking pig sat nearby.
A little known fact about Mountain Dew Soft Drink is that the funny little character actually had a name. It was, “Willy the Hillbilly.” Willy was drawn by John Brichetto in 1948.
In keeping with the “moonshine” theme, the Mountain Dew bottlers even added the names of the bottlers, the sellers and their locations on the bottles.
Mountain Dew, the yellowish-green soda that was advertised as being “zero proof moonshine” also carried the saying, “It’ll tickle yore innards!” on the back of the bottles.
In 1973, “Willy the Hillbilly” died when a new advertising agency, BBDO, took over the Mountain Dew account. The hillbilly, outhouse, pig and all were replaced by a modern look and advertising that targeted the younger soft drink crowd.
One of the most popular rumors that’s swirled around for years about Mountain Dew Soft Drink is that it contains a high amount of unhealthy caffeine. Long before energy drinks hit the scene, people were grabbing a Mountain Dew for a quick “pick-me-up.” If you check the ingredients on a can of this soda, you’ll see an eight-ounce serving contains 36 milligrams of caffeine. That means a twelve-ounce can contains a whopping 54 milligrams of stimulant.
However, a little known fact about Mountain Soft Drink is, drink an eight-ounce cup of imported, brewed tea, and you’ll exceed that amount. It contains about 60 milligrams of caffeine. Iced tea contains around 47 milligrams in an eight-ounce serving; equals 70.5 milligrams for a twelve-ounce can! Pepsi One contains 55.5 milligrams of caffeine, and even Mellow Yellow has 52.8 milligrams in a can.
Maybe at one time Mountain Dew contained a higher amount of caffeine than other soft drinks. Today, however the rumor is completely false when the product is compared to other drinks on the market.
In the late 1990’s, a new rumor about Mountain Dew began circulating around. At times, it still rears its head today. Unlike the “caffeine rumor”, this rumor specifically targeted the male population. It probably even stopped some younger guys from drinking the popular soft drink. This rumor stated that drinking Mountain lowered a man’s sperm count. Not only that, but drink Mountain Dew and you’ll notice your male appendage growing smaller in size.
The alleged culprit is a chemical known as Yellow 5. It’s also known as Tartrazine. Supposedly, Mountain Dew contains a large amount of this dye. That’s why it was targeted. The truth of the matter is that this dye has been used since 1916. You can find it in Mountain Dew, soups, candy, jelly, macaroni and cheese box mixes, mustard, Kool-Aid and a host of other prepackaged products. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Yellow 5 is safe for consumers.
However, a little known fact about Mountain Dew Soft Drink is, if your sensitive to Tartrazine, you may have an allergic reaction to it. I think the number is 0.12% of the American population is thought to be sensitive to this chemical.
In children particularly, Yellow 5 is attributed to problems with hyperactivity and ADHD.
Published by Kassidy Emmerson
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