10 Shocking Ways You’re Eating Metal Every Day

10. Hershey’s milk chocolate drops

Hershey’s. One of the most popular chocolate companies in the US today. However, even they aren’t immune to the inclusion of metal in their ingredients; titanium dioxide is listed in the ingredients of their milk chocolate drops. Titanium dioxide is a metal oxide, and is listed by the American Cancer Society as one of the five most carcinogenic materials on the earth. It has been linked to various conditions such as asthma, fertility loss and cancer.
10. Hershey’s milk chocolate drops

9. Junior Mints

Junior Mints are another Titanium Dioxide offender. In the case of this particular food the material is used to intensify and maintain the white colour of the mints themselves. The placement of Titanium Dioxide on the list of Junior Mints ingredients is high up, indicating that the product has a reasonably high amount of the material in its make up.
9. Junior Mints

8. Maternal Water — La Posta del Aguila

Maternal Water, a product belonging to brand La Posta del Aguila, admits to the use of collodial silver in its make up. Silver is said to have the potential to cause permanent discolouration of the skin if ingested. This condition is known as argyria, and can manifest in a greyish or bluish tinge on the skin, the membrane of the eye, the nails and the gums. While it is not physically dangerous, it can, obviously, have negative effects on a person’s psyche or general well being. Argyria can develop quickly, if silver is ingested in a large amount over a short period of time, or over a longer time span. The fact that this product is specifically marketed at mothers and their children makes its content particularly worrisome.
8. Maternal Water — La Posta del Aguila

7. Nanotea — Shenzhen Become Industry & Co., Ltd.

The influence of nanotechnology on the production of tea has been large and unparalleled. Nanotea is one of the products which uses the technique of nano-ball milling in its production. This stems from the belief that if tea is pummelled into nano-particles its positive properties will be better released. However, as this process of pulverisation involves the use of metal balls, there is a concern that the milled product may include nano-particles of metal as well as of the tea itself.
7. Nanotea — Shenzhen Become Industry & Co., Ltd.

6. Trident White Peppermint Gum — American Chicle

Another mint-based product is in at number six, this time Trident White Peppermint Gum. Manufactured by American Chicle, the gum contains titanium dioxide, to whiten its appearance. A report on the dangers of the inclusion of said ingredient in the chewing gum reinforces the toxicity of the material, saying that it can cause cancer merely from contact with external skin, and reminds the consumer that all of the gum’s ingredients absorb directly into the body’s bloodstream through the mouth.
6. Trident White Peppermint Gum — American Chicle

5. Ragu Classic Alfredo — Unilever

The Unilever brand is notorious for using nanotechnology in its cosmetics range, which includes the use of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in products such as make-up and deodorant. However, there’s also the surprising inclusion of titanium dioxide in the brand’s Ragu Classic Alfredo sauce; the nanoparticles are used, in this instance, as a means of colouring the product, but may also be used as a method of “brightening” the appearance of the sauce.
5. Ragu Classic Alfredo — Unilever

4. Vanilla Milkshake Poptarts — Kellogg’s

The inclusion of titanium dioxide in products such as Kellogg’s Vanilla Milkshake Pop Tarts is emblematic of the problem of children ingesting larger amounts of the material than adults – it is an additive which sees more frequent inclusion in foods marketed at a younger age group. This is a particular worry as some studies suggest that one of the potential effects of the material on the human body is brain damage, which would prove devastating to the developing mind. Titanium dioxide is present in this product as a colouring agent.
4. Vanilla Milkshake Poptarts — Kellogg’s

3. Canola Active Oil — Shemen Industries

Israel-based company Sheman Industries produces Canola Active Oil, the purpose of which is to lower cholesterol. The product uses nanodrops in its makeup to transport vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals, which would otherwise dissolve in the oil. While this arguably means the oil boasts health benefits that would otherwise be lost due to the natural consistency of the oil, the make-up of these nanodrops leads researchers to question the viability of its involvement in terms of long-term health.
3. Canola Active Oil — Shemen Industries

2. Minute Rice — Riviana Foods

Minute Rice, produced by Riviana Foods, is a popular and well-liked instant meal component that is marketed as a healthy food. It comes in numerous different varieties, and according to the 2014 Friends of the Earth report on Nanoparticles, all of these contain titanium dioxide. Similarly to the mass consumption of Kellogg’s poptarts by children, the convenience of Minute Rice would seem to indicate that it is widely and regularly consumed, which makes its inclusion of the material a little alarming.
2. Minute Rice — Riviana Foods

1. Primea Ring — Saeco USA Inc.

An unusual entry is at number one: the Primea Ring coffee machine, produced by Saeco. The machine includes a silver ion coating, and the concern amongst those against nanotechnology in food seems to be that there is potential for the drinks prepared in the machine to include micro-particles of the metal, which could prove harmful to the drinker if ingested in large doses.
1. Primea Ring — Saeco USA Inc.