Skip to Content

There’s A Deadly Substance Kids Can Order On Amazon. Here’s What Parents Need To Know.

There is something very dangerous that you can get right from the Amazon website for less than 20 bucks, and it can be deadly.

And, get this, your kids could even purchase this unsafe substance, and you may never even know they have it.

Sodium nitrate, also known as “curing salts” or “pink salt,” are usually used to preserve meats (think lunch meats, bacon, and jerky).

There is nothing wrong with swallowing a very small amount of sodium nitrate.

Home cooks do not have to worry about using pink curing salt, as the amount of nitrite in cured meats is not harmful or toxic at all.

AskingLot

There are, however, some frightening symptoms of ingesting sodium nitrate. “It has been linked to the development of heart disease and diabetes,” and in high doses it can cause gastrointestinal symptoms (like nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping).

Warning: If you are triggered by death, you might want to stop reading.

There is a more sinister effect of ingesting these curing salts. Super high doses can cause death.

Now, overdosing on sodium nitrate is rare, and usually accidental. But, it can actually be used for self-inflicted death.

There was recently an incident where 19-year-old actor, Matthew Mindler, committed suicide by purposely ingesting a large amount of these salts.

This is super scary, because it is hella easy to obtain sodium nitrate.

Buying sodium nitrate isn’t like buying illegal drugs that can catastrophically harm you.

Matthew Mindler got his sodium nitrate right off the Amazon website — had it delivered with no questions.

Not only can you get it on Amazon. Anyone can walk right into Walmart and buy this dangerous substance.

So, moral of the story, have those tough conversations with your kids. Know that this substance is out there, and warn them of the dangers associated with it.