Rich and Poor Have Different Toxins in Bodies
It's sushi and sunscreen vs. cigarettes
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2013 12:27 PM CDT
Updated Aug 10, 2013 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – It might be the weirdest indicator of wealth, or lack thereof, yet: Generally speaking, rich people and poor people have different toxins in their bodies, according to a new study spotted by Quartz. For example, rich people tend to have greater levels of things such as mercury and arsenic, probably because they eat more sushi and fancy shellfish. They also show higher levels of the main ingredient in sunscreen, oxybenzone, perhaps because they're more likely to slather it on and spend time at the beach or on their boats.

But researchers at the University of Exeter found that lower-income people have the market on toxins of their own. The worst are lead and cadmium, which the study chalked up to higher levels of smoking among the poor, reports the Daily Mail. They also have higher levels of BPA, the toxin sometimes found in plastic food containers and cans. The clear difference in income groups surprised even the researchers, notes Salon, which has a chart.

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Aug 11, 2013 10:16 PM CDT
Indeed, in and on their bodies: The rich are draped with gold and diamonds, and the poor have only lead in their ass.
Aug 11, 2013 6:44 AM CDT
Do we need a study to tell us rich and poor eat differently? No. Eating sushi won't make you rich.
Aug 11, 2013 1:31 AM CDT
Poor people are just rich people who started spending $20/day on cigarettes. And you can call me...................Ms. Joshua