Science Fact of the Month – March 2010
Did you know that nitrites in drinking water can permenantly damage or even kill infants? Read our full overview further below.
High levels of nitrates in drinking water pose a threat especially for young human infants because humans and other animals usually have a bacteria that converts nitrates into nitrites within the large intestines.While adults are protected from the harmful effects of these bacteria[since the digestive system of human adults is highly acidic], the stomach of an infant being very low in acidity , lets the bacteria move up in the stomach where nitrates are subsequently converted into nitrites.This is a serious issue as nitrites pose a serious threats to creatures which contain hemogobin[ such as humans] in their blood as nitrites can attach themselves to the hemogobin in the blood of infants .As a result of this attachment, the infant’s body is unable to receive a proper supply of oxygen to its tissues.Significant permenant damage can result.
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