6 chemicals in food, makeup, and skin-care products that aren't as dangerous as you think
- Scientists are starting to learn more about the effects of manmade chemicals on our bodies.
- Though some chemicals have been increasingly associated with cancer and various adverse health effects, others have been falsely labeled as "unsafe."
- Evidence suggests there's little reason to be worried about artificial sweeteners or sulfates in your shampoo.
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As with any chemical, the toxicity of a substance depends on the dose and how often a person is exposed.
The following chemicals are sometimes considered "toxic" or "unsafe," but don't actually seem to present a risk to human health.
Aspartame (artificial sweetener) was once thought to cause cancer, but scientific evidence suggests it's not a health risk.
Saccharin was once rumored to lead to cancer, but there's little cause for concern.Advertisement
Aluminum in your deodorant isn't going to give you breast cancer.
Parabens can actually prevent harmful bacteria from forming in your make-up.Advertisement
No, MSG won't give you headaches.
Sulfates in shampoo are fine, if you're not already sensitive.Advertisement
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