You have heard it a million times before “don’t eat the yellow snow,” this is a good suggestion, you shouldn’t eat yellow snow, but in truth, you shouldn’t be eating the white stuff either.
Air pollution particles are carried and stored in snowflakes, meaning that ingesting the white snow can be bad for your health, according to a study published last month in the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts.
“The concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes increased from near the detection limit, indicating the abruption of exhaust-derived organic compounds by snow” stated the researchers from McGill University in Montreal. When the particles, known as carcinogens, leave the exhaust cooler system and hit the colder air and snowy environment, certain sizes of the particulate matter will be absorbed and remain in the snow.
The study also stated that the alteration of aerosol size distributions from vehicle exhaust at freezing temperatures, accompanied by changes of organic pollutant content in the snow, has potential to alter health effects.
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