If you brush your teeth, wear make-up, eat food, or take aspirin – even vitamins, you are eating pesticide. Every day. Just how bad is it? Remember, a pesticide is any substance which is used to hinder, eliminate, or otherwise interfere with pests.
Amorphous silica gel is used by the pest control industry to kill bed bugs, ants, wasps, carpet beetles, and other damaging and invasive species. What is it, and why are you eating it?
Silica gel is a synthetic, hydrated form of Silica, and should not be confused with crystalline or fumed silica. The largest buyer of this type of silica is McCormick Seasonings. Being edible, it is used to “Bulk out” powdered spices and seasonings. It’s an anti-clumping agent used in cake mixes.
Silica gel is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry to “bulk out” tablets (medications/supplements). If you’ve taken an aspirin, you’ve probably eaten silica gel.
Silica gel (Hydrated Silica) is a high performance abrasive that is most commonly used in toothpastes, because it appears to be the safest and most effective abrasive available. This material is insoluble in water, and therefore can be used to create a gentle exfoliating action in aqueous systems, such as Creme Cleansers, Micro-Peels, Micro-Dermabrasion products, Body Washes, Shower & Bath Gels, etc.
Silica gel is used in many custom formulated mineral make-up powders because of its ability to absorb excess oils on skin.
Silica gel is Generally Recognized As Safe by the EPA and is a food grade additive. In pest control it absorbs the waxy outer coating of insects, causing them to die through dehydration. It is not a central nervous system inhibitor. Additionally, it is much safer than other types of dusts as it does not stay in the lungs or cause silicosis.
We use silica gel because it works against pests and it is thought to be one of the very safest pesticide materials available.
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