Beware of Foods Containing Borax and Its Effects on He alth

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Beware of Foods Containing Borax and Its Effects on He alth
Beware of Foods Containing Borax and Its Effects on He alth

Borak is a dangerous chemical substance that can cause various he alth problems if ingested or inhaled. Even so, borax is often added to food by some food manufacturers. In fact, the use of borax in food has been banned in Indonesia

Borak is generally used for non-food ingredients, such as wood preservatives, glass making, pesticide ingredients, and floor cleaning mixtures. However, there are some food manufacturers who abuse borax so that their food products become more chewy and last longer.

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There are several reasons why borax is often used as a preservative, for example, it is easy to obtain, the price is relatively cheap, and it makes food look more attractive.

These chemicals are also often found in various food products, including noodles, meatballs, dumplings, tofu, and crackers.

The Effects of Borax on the Body

In Indonesia itself, the use of borax as a preservative or food thickener has been banned. The reason is, the consumption of foods containing borax can cause various symptoms, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weak
  • stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Skin redness
  • Fainted

Borax powder that is inhaled into the respiratory tract, touches the skin, or enters the eyes can also cause eye and skin irritation and various respiratory problems or disorders, ranging from sore throat, coughing, to shortness of breath.

If the body is exposed to borax continuously or consumed in very large quantities, this can lead to various more serious he alth problems, such as:

  • Seizures and nervous disorders
  • Infertility or fertility disorders
  • Cancer, such as liver cancer and colon cancer
  • Urine production decreases or no urine comes out at all (anuria)

Because the impact of borax on he alth is so dangerous, the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency of the Republic of Indonesia intervened to carry out regular checks and at the same time withdraw various food products that contain borax and several other dangerous chemicals.

Characteristics of Foods Containing Borax

Public awareness of the dangers of borax is still minimal, because information about the dangers of using borax in food is also still limited. In fact, this ingredient has been used as a mixture in food for a long time.

Foods containing borax are not easy to identify. However, there are some characteristics of foods that contain borax, such as:

  • The shape and texture are very chewy, dense, and not easily crushed
  • Color looks whiter
  • Bad smell
  • More durable or last for several days

The dangers of borax to he alth cannot be ignored, so you have to be careful in choosing the food you eat. When buying packaged food, read the product label and make sure the food is registered with BPOM.

If you buy snacks at street vendors, make sure the characteristics of the food containing borax above are not present in the food purchased. If after eating these foods you experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, immediately consult a doctor for proper treatment.

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