posted on Feb, 18 2010 @ 10:16 PM
While excessive amounts of metal in food can clearly be dangerous, strong evidence now shows that some trace elements may be toxic as well.
While some metals, such as copper, manganese and zinc, actually act as nutrients that can be beneficial for health, others have no known benefits.
These potentially harmful metals include:
These elements can actually act as “anti-nutrients,” which means they hinder the absorption of essential nutrients, a condition that can be
particularly dangerous to children and adults.
Lead acts as an anti-nutrient, hindering the utilization of magnesium, zinc and vitamin B1. High lead levels have been linked to a reduction in IQ,
negative behavior and increased violent behavior.”
Cadmium accumulates in the body and can stay there for many years. The metal accumulates most often in the bones, liver and kidneys and can cause
damage to these areas along with cancer, reproductive risks, brain damage, weakening of the immune system, prostate enlargement, behavioral problems
and learning disabilities.
Mercury: The primary way humans are exposed to methylmercury, an organic form of mercury, is by eating fish. One of the primary health concerns is for
children, pregnant and nursing women, or women who may become pregnant, as mercury can harm a developing child.
Toxins are so abundant nowadays that it may be impossible to avoid them completely. But why is there toxic metals in food?