Easter is coming, the time, when the traditional dishes appear on our tables. The most important are, obviously, eggs, but straight behind them in the Easter chart there are sausages and horseradish. Therefore we decided to test the most popular Easter delicacies, wondering, whether we can find in them anything surprising.

More and more people care for what they eat. As the trend to be healthy and aware eater develops, we started care not only for basic information like calorific value or the content of protein, fatty and carbohydrate, but also for the possible presence of elements (for example, metal) that can damage our health.

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What’s hiding in the horseradish?

The first product tested was horseradish, since it is associated without any doubt with Easter. We tested horseradish bought in a well-known German supermarket. What are the results?

In horseradish there was observed a small amount of neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr). However, it is so small that the presence of given elements does not affect human health or well-being.

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Horseradish spectrum – red, acid spectrum (reference in blank test) – green.

In horseradish there were observed also an increased concentration of tungsten. Unfortunately, we have no certain information on safe daily intake of the element. It accumulates in liver, kidneys and bones. According to tests, tungsten itself has no harming influence on body, so its presence in horseradish will surely not affect our health.

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Horseradish spectrum – red, acid spectrum (reference in blank test) – green.

WEISSWURST AND ITS CONTENT

We tested boiled weisswurst and observed the following elements: barium, lanthanum, caesium and cerium. None of them, however, exceed norms acceptable for our health.

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A test of barium intake on volunteers showed that it is rather harmless for human body. WHO claims that an acceptable intake of barium in drinking water is 7,3 mg per liter. In weisswurst there is even less of barium so we have no reason to worry.

In weisswurst there was observed also a presence of antimony and iodine, none of them exceeding the norms.

There is a possibility of antimony poisoning, since antimony accumulates in liver. If its concentration is high, it can damage the organ. However, the amount of antimony in wiesswurst is rather harmless.

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Weisswurst spectrum – red; acid spectrum (reference in blank test) – green.

Weisswurst, however, contains something more. There was observed a small amount of neodymium and praseodymium. Like in the case of horseradish it is not something worrying, though we should pay attention to the content of our food.

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Weisswurst spectrum – red; acid spectrum (reference in blank test) – green.

Besides, weisswurst contain also lead and tungsten. Again, like in the previous case – the amount does not exceed the safety norms.

DO WE NEED TO WORRY?

As we observe the number of elements in our everyday food, we may start to worry. There is no need to. All of the elements are in the amount which does not exceed any norms and should not affect our health. However, we should be aware of what we eat and what kind of “surprises” our food can contain. We must also remember that in particular cases there is no certain and detailed information on influence of the given elements in long-terms. The best way is to be reasonable about both eating and arranging the diet.