Illustration by Katherine Killeffer. The year was and teenage boys were under a spell cast by Mountain Dew. Rumors flew that one of the very popular soda's synthetic food dyes decreased sperm count ; as a result, some sexually-active teens began binge-drinking the alleged spermicide as their only form of birth control. That year, the rumor gained so much traction that the Wall Street Journal published an article chronicling susceptible teens' belief in it. According to the urban legend, the soda lowers sperm count and thus works as pre-coital contraception because of the soda's dye, Yellow No. Pepsi Cola produces both Gatorade and Mountain Dew; they did not return Broadly's request for comment.
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A shocking bit of misinformation has captured the hearts and minds of high school and college students of late — the notion that the popular caffeinated soft drink Mountain Dew can be used as a contraceptive. If Internet chatter is any indication, it is widely believed among people that drinking Mountain Dew "kills sperm cells" or, at minimum, drastically lowers a male's sperm count. There are some who fear it may cause impotency, while others seem to view it as a cheap and easy method of birth control. He likens it people believing Elvis is still alive and claiming to have bumped into him in a convenience store — i. True believers attribute the soft drink's purported sperm-killing properties to its relatively high caffeine content 55 mg. These misconceptions date back to the mids, if not further.
Investigating the Middle School Rumor that Mountain Dew Lowers Your Sperm Count
Pay the extra money! I always love a good urban legend. I once got a co-worker to believe coffee shrank his penis. All I needed to do was use a bunch of big words in a meaningful way. It also helps being a paramedic, as people tend to take your medically protestations more seriously and you have a bigger store of medical terms on hand.
Mountain Dew does not kill sperm, contrary to popular myth. There are two reasons why some people mistakenly believe Mountain Dew kills sperm — caffeine and yellow dye 5. These ingredients are in Mountain Dew but not in high enough quantities to kill sperm. Though Mountain Dew does not affect fertility, many other unrelated factors can lower sperm counts and affect male fertility.