Health Tips: 5 chemicals that you should check before buying every product!


Cancer is a disease that has made millions of people victims across the world. Its mortality rate is also quite high and the situation is more serious in India. According to the 2024 report of the National Center for Disease Informatics and Research, "14 lakh new cases of cancer have been reported in India in 2022, which means almost every ninth person is suffering from cancer.

Apart from well-known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) like smoking and alcohol consumption, there are also some chemicals used in our daily lives that can gradually increase the risk of cancer. In such a situation, we must know about these chemicals and check them properly before buying any product. Today we are telling you about those 5 chemicals that you should check before buying every product.

1. Coal Tar

Coal tar is a by-product of coal processing and is a known carcinogen. Cosmetics and skincare products like hair dye, shampoo, and others contain coal tar. Regular exposure to this chemical can cause cancer-related to the lungs, bladder, kidney, and digestive systems.

2. Parabens:

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetic products. Studies have shown that parabens can cause hormonal imbalances and are believed to increase the risk of breast cancer. Therefore, buy products that are labeled 'paraben-free'.

3. Formaldehyde


Formaldehyde is used in many household items, such as furniture, carpets, and nail hardeners. This chemical can increase the risk of skin, nose, and throat cancer. Avoid buying products with formaldehyde smell.

4. Phthalates

Phthalates are used to make plastic products flexible. These chemicals can cause hormone imbalance and are believed to increase the risk of certain types of cancer. Choose products labeled 'phthalate-free'.

5. Acrylamide

Acrylamide is found in some foods, especially starch-rich foods cooked at high temperatures, such as French fries and potato chips. This chemical is considered potentially cancer-causing. Reduce the consumption of fried and packaged food and give preference to fresh food.