Acids in Human Stomach Can Melt a Razor Blade

What is the hardest thing or food you have ever chewed? Can you chew a nail or a razor blade? Either you can do it or not.  Well guess what….you can!  Your stomach has the ability to digest a nail and/or razor blade. Yes, I am talking about the human stomach. It is a fact that the strong acids in a human stomach can help in digestion of these hard metals.

human stomach

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How it works:

Our stomach has very important role in the body. It helps us to digest our food. It consists of a strong and powerful fluid called gastric acid. It is produced by the cells lining of the stomach when needed. In terms of chemistry, gastric acid is also known as Hydrochloric acid (HCl).  Give it time, it can work its chemical magic and eventually obliterate most everything you swallow.  So as you walk though life, you should know that you are carrying a biological chemistry set of sorts right inside you!

[box type=”warning”] Hope this information is interesting and fruitful for you, but please don’t try this at home because your family needs you and so do we :)[/box]



3 Responses to Acids in Human Stomach Can Melt a Razor Blade
  1. zasch
    October 16, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Interesting read. I want to know if it is OK if you have eaten small minute pieces of ceramic glass ( probably broken from a coffee mug)?

  2. kuron
    December 16, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Thank you nice post!
    I believe my stomach is strong:)

  3. Kieran
    February 18, 2014 | 8:25 pm

    Cool – if only we could spit it up and use it as a weapon 😉

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