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Dangerous Ingredients Found In Everyday Products
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Mercury

  • What It’s Used In: Scientific Instruments
  • Problems Caused: Neurological Issues, Kidney and Lung Damage, Respiratory Issues

Can you believe we once used this stuff for so many things? Today, the use of Mercury is almost exclusively used in scientific instruments like thermometers, barometers, and even fluorescent lamps. But not much else. Of course, some mercury is natural like what you get from sea creatures. This is not enough to harm us normally, but the chemical form of mercury can. Inhalation of it can cause severe respiratory issues, damage the lungs and kidneys, and even cause neurological problems.

Dangerous Ingredients Found In Everyday Products
Sodium nitrate fertilizers in researcher’s hand. Photo Credit: Criniger kolio/Shutterstock

Sodium Nitrate

  • What It’s Used In: Lunch Meat and Other Packaged Foods
  • Problems Caused: Heart Disease

Sodium Nitrate is almost impossible to avoid. It is mostly in any packaged product, especially bacon, jerky, hot dogs, lunch meat, and much more. It acts as a food preservative, which tends to work out pretty well. The issue is that, due to our large overexposure to sodium nitrate, we’re likely to experience health complications from it. SN mostly affects our blood vessels, as it damages them and makes them more likely to harden or narrow. Thus causing various heart diseases. Some, such as the World Health Organization, have claimed sodium nitrates could be carcinogenic.

Dangerous Ingredients Found In Everyday Products
Woman drinks Pepsi in the park. Photo Credit: AnnyStudio/Shutterstock

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

  • What It’s Used In: Baked Goods, Soft Drinks, Etc.
  • Problems Caused: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Obesity, Insulin Resistance

High Fructose Corn Syrup is something we could likely spend an entire article discussing. It mostly operates as a sweetener, which is why it tends to be in a lot of baked goods, soft drinks, and other things like them. Obviously, this is involving sugar which we know is bad for us with long-term use. In spite of what soft drink and food companies want you to believe, HFCS is bad. They cause insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, as well as high blood pressure.

Dangerous Ingredients Found In Everyday Products
Piece of arsenic on periodic table of elements. Photo Credit: Magnetix/Shutterstock

Arsenic

  • What It’s Used In: Bronzing, Pyrotechnics, Preserving Wood, Etc.
  • Problems Caused: Cancer, Lung Disease, Heart Disease

Arsenic is one of the most dangerous ingredients one could ever hope to add to something. It has been used in bronzing, pyrotechnics, and the development of specialized glass. On top of preserving wood. However, the U.S. FDA calls it a known carcinogenic as it can cause skin, bladder, and lung cancer. Along with heart disease. This has made it a popular item to poison people with.

Dangerous Ingredients Found In Everyday Products
Lead – Atomic Number. Photo Credit: Alex Andrei/Shutterstock

Lead

  • What It’s Used In: Ammunition, Weights, Car Batteries, Etc.
  • Problems Caused: Brain and Kidney Damage

While lead is somewhat naturally occurring, it is one of the most toxic things humans ever used. Today, we still use it for radiation protection, ammunition, car batteries, weights, and storing corrosive liquids. Yet history shows us that lead poisons the human body. It does this by absorbing calcium, harming blood cells. This will then rework our bodies, thus damaging our nerves, blood vessels, and bones. Leading to brain and kidney damage.

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