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1. A food additive

As a food additive,what's the function of silicon dioxide, does it hazard to our health?

Silicon dioxide can solve the product due to moisture absorption formed agglomeration, it is a good flow accelerator. Silicon dioxide is a natural mineral formation, the market sold a lot of vitamin supplements contain minerals such as excessive consumption of multivitamins, as excessive intake of silicon dioxide can also cause side effects. However, the use as an anti-caking agent,contains very small amount of silica. Thus, as an anticaking agent, silica does not cause side effects. There are other features of silicon dioxide, such as fillers, weighting agents, embedding, which play a functional role, belongs to food additives, must be labeled.

Silicon dioxide is added to powdered foods and other health food supplements to keep other ingredients from binding together. For example, manufacturers add silicon dioxide to salt and many spices to keep those dry substances from clumping.

2. Health benefits

Silicon dioxide is critical for the development of strong nail, bones, teeth and hair. Research indicates that a lack of this mineral may lead to arthritis, poor bone formation, unhealthy skin and poor tooth development. Silicon dioxide also counteracts the effects of aluminum in the body, which may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

3. Health concerns

Because silicon dioxide is a crystal, it can be an eye irritant if direct exposure occurs. When eyes are exposed to this mineral, the result will be red and watery eyes. If skin is directly exposed to silicon dioxide, the skin may become irritated and itchy. If silicon dioxide is inhaled over time such as can happen with miners, lung damage and potentially lung cancer may result.

4. Food safety

When used in food, the proportion of silicon dioxide to food must be strictly controlled. The mineral should be no more than 2 percent of the total weight of the food. It is also critical that the particle size of silicon dioxide be within limits defined by the Food and Drug Administration.

There are many food that contains silicon dioxide.

1. Pumpkin seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds have a moderate amount of silicon dioxide so make a simple but healthy snack.

2. Whole grains

Rice, oats and whole grain breads are high in silicon dioxide. Eating whole grains is an easy way to fill the daily requirement for this trace mineral.

3. Water

Normal drinking water is a possible source of silicon dioxide. Hard water has higher levels of the mineral than soft water.

4. Beverages

Coffee, tea and other beverages made with water will contain some amount of silicon dioxide. Beer is an excellent source of the mineral in addition to being a tasty drink. The silicon dioxide in beer is in the form of orthosilicic acid, which is important for bone health and to prevent osteoporosis.

5. Herbs

Horsetail has the most amount of silicon dioxide of all the herbs. Parsley and garlic are two other herbs that provide a relatively high amount of the mineral. Horsetail is believed to be highest in silicon dioxide. You can find extracted horsetail powder from pharmaceutical companies.



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