What Are The Dangers Of Silicon Dioxide?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the dangers of silicon dioxide?  Silicon dioxide is a common ingredient found on the back label of supplement products.  But is a misunderstood ingredient and some think it safe, and some people think it’s dangerous. It is a natural compound that comprises of silicon and oxygen which are two of the earth’s most abundant materials.

What are the dangers of silicon dioxide?  Photo credit: RHJ

It is found in plants, water, animals, and the earth.  A good example is when you sit on a sandy beach silicon dioxide is in the sand. Some of the plants you can find silicon dioxide naturally in is:

  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Brown Rice
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Alfalfa

It is used as an anticaking agent and food additive to avoid clumping and in supplements it is used to prevent powdered ingredients from sticking together.  Numerous research studies have shown there isn’t much concern consuming silicon dioxide with foods or supplements.

Alternatively inhaling silica dust at an excessive rate can put you at high risk of lung disease. The type of work environment that can be exposed to this is:

  • Mining
  • Steel industry
  • Construction
  • Sandblasting

Most of the research studies have found no link between silicon dioxide and increased risk of cancer, organ damage or death. It has shown no link to affect reproductive health, birth weight or bodyweight,

It is important to understand that th FDA has recognized silicon dioxide as a safe food additive.

The Bottom Line is silicon dioxide is safe to ingest as a food additive and it is safe to consume from foods. The FDA recognizes it as a safe food additive. It is important to understand that excessive inhalation of silica dust can lead to lung disease.

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