6 chemicals in food, makeup, and skin-care products that aren't as dangerous as you think
While consumers have become more savvy about chemicals in food, clothing, and household products, it's often hard to distinguish speculation from science.
Some chemicals have known associations with cancer, autism, and reproductive issues, but others have been falsely linked to adverse health effects.
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.
No, MSG won't give you headaches.
Sulfates in shampoo are fine, if you're not already sensitive.