There is very little study in India to figure out the BLL of consumers in India among those who are not directly at risk from Lead pollution. among inpatients aged less than Five, 66% of the children had BLL <5 μg/dl, which is considered as level of concern as per Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention. The patients have no direct risk of lead exposure.
We have some amount of lead in our body which is not dangerous as long as it is within permissible limits. The problem with lead is it does not get out as easily from the body, as it gets inside the body. Hence when the lead accumulates in the blood over a period of time it can lead to health issues – damaging the nervous system, causing brain disorders, repeated anemia, a low IQ level, headache, affecting the immune system, impaired fertility, and hypertension. It accumulates in both soft tissues and the bones.
We see a large number of holi colours in the market which may be toxic in nature, but we are unable to verify if the colours are toxic. So the best option is to buy branded, packed colours like Rangeela that mentions toxic-free colours on the packing. However we tend to buy the unbranded colours because they are cheaper and brighter in colours
As the saying goes, ‘look can be deceptive’ – the brighter the colour, the greater the chances of presence of Lead which is a toxic element. There are a number of toxic element that are added to make the colours darker.