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  • Radiation can be pretty terrifying.

  • We've all heard the stories of what happened in places like Chernobyl and the dangers of

  • nuclear fallout.

  • But what if you weren't just /in/ a place like that, but actually /ate/ something that

  • was radioactive?

  • Well, this may sound a bit surprising, but you probably already haveat least to some extent

  • That's because many of the foods that you eat are actually radioactive.

  • This can happen in a bunch of different ways -- radioactive materials in the soil can get

  • into your crops, and fish and shellfish can pick it up from the water they're swimming

  • in or the seafloor.

  • Radioactive materials can even get into your /water/.

  • Radiation can also sometimes show up in your food after you humans perform nuclear tests

  • and discharge radioactive materials into the environment.

  • And you can find some of the more radioactive foods as you're strolling around your local

  • grocery store.

  • These may include bananas, which can contain a radioactive isotope

  • called potassium-40, and brazil nuts, which can have radium levels over 1000 times what

  • you might see in other foods.

  • And it's not just food and water.

  • Some amounts of radiation can be found all around you.

  • It can even be in the air that you breathe.

  • But before you get all worried and start walking around in a Hazmat suit, this isn't as bad

  • as it sounds.

  • The radiation we're talking about here isn't on the same level of what comes along with

  • atomic bombs and nuclear fallout.

  • So then what if you were to take a bite of food that was way more radioactive?

  • Something with more dangerous levels than what we just talked about.

  • Maybe some food that was affected by nuclear fallout.

  • While it can be hard to tell for certain what it would do to you, we can get an idea of

  • what might happen by looking at the effects that consuming radioactive material like that

  • has on other animals.

  • Let's look at a 2014 study done on the biological impacts of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear

  • Power Plant accident in Japan.

  • In this study, researchers wanted to know what would happen if larvae of the pale blue

  • grass butterfly consumed leaves that were tainted by radioactive materials, in this

  • case radioactive cesium, that they collected from the polluted localities.

  • When the larvae were fed the leaves, mortality and abnormality rates sharply went up at low

  • doses in response to the cesium that they were ingesting.

  • So basically, it wasn't good.

  • The researchers also concluded that, at least for the pale blue grass butterfly, it was

  • realistic for them to have a polluted diet after something like a nuclear power plant

  • accident, and that the same could likely be said for other organisms living in the polluted

  • area.

  • Again, not that great of news.

  • So like these butterflies, your mortality and abnormality rates could go up after eating

  • highly radioactive food.

  • And according to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, one way radium can enter

  • your body is if it is swallowed.

  • If this happens, some of it can enter the blood stream and be carried to other parts

  • of your body, like your /bones/!

  • And if you are exposed to high levels of radium over a long period of time, it can result

  • in things like anemia, cataracts, fractured teeth, or even cancer.

  • So all in all, you're probably fine to keep munching on those brazil nuts and bananas

  • Or if you're like Triangle Bob I guess eat a giant thing of radioactive waste? Don't do that.

  • He shouldn't be doing that. You guys don't do that either.

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  • If a person gets rabies, it can be pretty serious. That's because it's a viral infection

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吃了放射性食物會怎樣? (What Happens If You Eat Radioactive Food?)

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    angela770911 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日