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What Happens If You Eat Uranium?

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In today's interconnected world, we're constantly barraged by conflicting information on what we should and shouldn't be eating.
But if there's one thing that we can all agree should definitely not be a part of our diets, it's nuclear waste.

In the movies, ingesting radioactive materials like uranium results in all sorts of crazy hijinx, like obtaining superpowers! But what would happen if you ate it in real life? How would it change your body? And how do we know that we're not eating it already?

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