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Salt may prevent radiation?

Salt may prevent  radiation?

Salt may prevent  radiation? Experts stated that consuming  1-7 kg of salt would equal taking an iodine tablet.  Instead, eating too much  salt can damage the kidneys, heart, or even increased risk of miscarriage.

Experts also pointed out that sea water will dilute radiation. There is no need to fear of radiation contamination of sea salt.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency guidelines, only people who need to enter within the 20 km range of nuclear power plant should take iodine tablets.  But some people are competing to buy salt in substitution of iodine.

An iodine table containing 30 to 200 mg of iodine, but each kg of salt contains only 20 to 40 mg of potassium iodine. Therefore, consuming salt will not prevent radiation.

Over consumption of salt will result in  renal failure, hypertension, and may have adverse effects on patients with heart disease. Obstetrics and gynecology specialists also stated that if pregnant woman consumes excessive amount of iodine may result in edema and deterioration, high blood pressure, premature delivery and miscarriage. It may also increase the chances of fatal thyroid hyperplasia that may cause difficulty in breathing.

For people who worried about radiation pollution in the sea and  future production of salt being hazardous to health, some chemists pointed that radiation will be greatly diluted in sea water, even swimming in the water near Fukushima nuclear power plant could be safe. And sea salt will not be contaminated. In order to make salt a radioactive substance, the nuclear fission neutron must directly impact salt.