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How Concerned Should Be About Hair in Food

According to Maria Colavincenzo, a dermatologist with a focus on hair at Northwestern University, eating one or two strands of hair won’t hurt you. The only possible danger is the rare case when hair strands are carrying staph bacteria, which might cause an upset stomach.People get grossed out when they find a hair in their food, but is it actually unhealthy to eat hair? According to Maria Colavincenzo, a dermatologist with a focus on hair at Northwestern University, eating one or two strands of hair won’t hurt you. The only possible danger is the rare case when hair strands are carrying staph bacteria, which might cause an upset stomach. Or if a large amount of hair is eaten, it could create a hairball, called a trichobezoar inside someone’s digestive tract, which could also cause stomach pain or other symptoms. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin from which L-cysteine is derived, an amino acid used to stabilize dough, and to activate taste buds in salty, or savory

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