Indian Spices Trigger Lead Poisoning Risk in Kids

by Rajshri on  March 17, 2010 at 11:21 PM Alternative Medicine News   - G J E 4
 Indian Spices Trigger Lead Poisoning Risk in Kids
A new study conducted by American researchers reveal that consumption of Indian spices will increase the risk of lead poisoning, especially among children.

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health examined a number of Indian spices and ceremonial powders and found that almost half of them contained lead levels higher than permitted by European Union and the US Foods and Drug Administration.

Some of the major ingredients that contained higher levels of lead are Asafetida, henna, kohl, mustard seeds and tamarind candy with kumkum containing highest levels of 67 percent.

Lead author, Dr Cristiane Lin said that increased exposure of children below four years of age to such ingredients could increase the ingestion of lead by almost three times. "Our message is to say, be aware of these products that may contain lead. From a pediatrician's perspective, it's good to push for screening of nonpaint sources of lead", Dr Lin said.

Source: Medindia

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this is wrong information . the Indian spice only spread taste not poison. the Indian spice is famous for it's taste not poisoning . so you can also add restaurant ...thanks..................
bestrestaurant Friday, July 9, 2010
I agree that the spices in themselves are not harmful. But in recent times, the way most products are made have a lot of fillers to enhance profit. Dried Papaya seeds mixed with black whole pepper, stone powder mixed in chili powder etc. While growing up, the stickers in Bindi caused skin allergies and people preferred Kumkum, but now-a-days Kumkum is causing allergies [due to fillers], and the Indian skin doctors are recommending to not apply them directly.
These products are having good standard in India, so the products these profs tested could have been tainted. But making general blanket statement only induces panic. They should be more explicit in what they tested (natural form or something brought of the shelves)

Concerned Thursday, March 18, 2010
I would rather suggest that newspapers bring out a link of the page of how and with what methodology the researchers came to this conclusion rather than having only headlines and half baked content.

The effect of Indian spices depends on how it is prepared etc, which these so called researchers fail to establish. Rather to show off their western style they try making these reports. Absurd !!!!

sightInsight Thursday, March 18, 2010
Does Kumkum(vermillion) fall into the category of spices? Or does it affect even with external exposure to skin ?
PradeepSharma Thursday, March 18, 2010
This is total rubbish. Those scientists are either filtered fools, in the sense if don't know the population of India, the healthy Indians, the several thousand history of our spices OR are behaving over smart by trying to suppress the gaining popularity of Indian cuisine worldwide.

Remember these 'scientists' have already gained victory over many of our Indian oils to popularize their Sunflower oil. This is just a sample of several other attempts.

itzmyworld Thursday, March 18, 2010
How does lead get into the spices? The contamination may be occurring in processing[ while making powders] or from packing material. These spices have been used over a thousand years with no ill effects. It is for the CSRO to find the solution. Sooner they do it the better.
Venkat37 Thursday, March 18, 2010

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