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What Is Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide?
Most commonly, "food grade hydrogen peroxide
" is used to describe a 35% peroxide solution that is free of stabilizers or contaminants. Notably, it is commonly recommended as the formulation of choice by various Web sites that promote the use of hydrogen peroxide (typically taken by mouth or IV) to cure or treat a wide variety of ailments.
Internal Use of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
No grade or strength of hydrogen peroxide is intended to be taken by IV or swallowed, except in the trace amounts used in the preparation of certain foods. The term "food grade" in the case of hydrogen peroxide simply means that the product is appropriate for use in the preparation or storage of foods.
Remember that the term "food grade" can be used for many different nonfood items, such as food grade plastics. Typically, food grade hydrogen peroxide is used in very small amounts in certain foods, such as herring, colored cheese whey, tripe, or dried eggs.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people should not use high-strength hydrogen peroxide products (including 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide
) for medicinal purposes because they may cause serious harm or death.
The FDA further warns that high-strength hydrogen peroxide is not approved by the FDA for any purpose and that "no one has presented any evidence that hydrogen peroxide taken internally has any medical value."
If you choose to disregard the FDA warning and use high-strength hydrogen peroxide, take extra care to keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Label it very clearly so that others know they should not use it undiluted. Of course, even lower strengths of hydrogen peroxide should also be kept out of the reach of children and pets, as it, too, can be dangerous -- especially if used incorrectly.