Titaniam dioxide, one of the most widely used white pigments has recently been shown to cause genetic damage in mice.
It is found in sunscreens, paints, makeup, paper, most toothpastes, milk and various foods.
“The TiO2 nanoparticles induced single- and double-strand DNA breaks and also caused chromosomal damage as well as inflammation, all of which increase the risk for cancer. The UCLA study is the first to show that the nanoparticles had such an effect, said Robert Schiestl, a professor of pathology, radiation oncology and environmental health sciences, a Jonsson Cancer Center scientist and the study’s senior author.”
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