A Dad Ate 25 Packs Silica Gel For Breakfast. This Is What Happened To His Stomach.

July 28, 2021 Off By editorialteam

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Silica gel is silicon dioxide. In the “gel” form its intended use is as a dessicant, that is it controls humidity by adsorbing moisture. Silicon and Oxygen bonds are very stable at physiologic temperatures, and so stable that human enzymes are unable to activate reactions. However, while it may be limited in chemical toxicity, physically it can cause problems.

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[0] Official communication from Arizona Poison Center: https://azpoison.com/sites/default/files/poisonology_what_happens_if_i_eat_silica_gel.pdf

[1] Silica Gel: Non-Toxic Ingestion with Epidemiologic and Economic Implications. Isr Med Assoc J. 2015 Oct;17(10):604-6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26665312/

[2] “Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) Determination of Silicon Dioxide when added directly or indirectly to food” Letter to US FDA: https://web.archive.org/web/20130418061428/http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fcn/gras_notices/GRN000321.pdf