1797 Chromium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

ParisLouis Nicolas Vauquelin elements


Atomic number 24

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Trivalent chromium has been deemed to be an essential trace element, but lack of proof suggests that it is merely benign. It isn’t necessary for anyone to take chromium supplements who eats food prepared in stainless steel cookware, and those who are allergic to chromium or nickel are advised to cook with aluminum, enameled, or cast iron cookware.

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