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A warning from the FDA about foods containing liquid nitrogen

The US Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about the potential dangers of eating food prepared with liquid nitrogen.

This is about eating foods such as ice cream, cereal or cocktails. Typically, liquid nitrogen is used to make the food look like it's smoking to add a special and fun effect. “The FDA has become aware of severe -- and in some cases, life-threatening -- injuries, such as damage to skin and internal organs caused by liquid nitrogen still present in the food or drink,” the agency said in a statement.Liquid nitrogen which is used can cause serious injury, including internal organ damage.

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In its warning, the FDA said inhaling the vapor "released by a food or drink prepared by adding liquid nitrogen immediately before consumption may also cause breathing difficulty, especially among individuals with asthma." More dangerous, even a trend exist: snacks that have liquid nitrogen added just before consumption to create the "dragon's breath" effect have gained in popularity. In fact, shortly after eating treats, people blow smoke from their noses and mouths to look like a dragon. But this is dangerous ! Some of the injuries include skin damage and internal organ damage. Some internal injuries which were reported have even been life-threatening. Although liquid nitrogen is nontoxic, experts say the extremely low temperatures can be dangerous, especially if the liquid nitrogen has not fully evaporated.

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