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Silver leaf decorations used in indian sweets

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Saheera Pons

on 3 April 2014

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Transcript of Silver leaf decorations used in indian sweets

What are silver leaf decorations?
What are silvers physical properties?
Colour - White
Luster - Lusturous shine
Ductility - It can be beaten into thin sheets
Malleability - Capable of being shaped
Conductivity - Excellent electrical and heat conductor
Solubility - Has the ability to be dissolved
Hardness - A relatively a soft metal
Density - It is a dense metal

What are silvers chemical properties?
What is the classification of silver?
Sliver is a pure substance also its an element. The symbol for silver in the periodic table is Ag. The atomic number fir silver is 47. The atomic mass is 107.8.
Sliver leaf decorations
In Indian Sweets
Silver leaf decorations are added to the sweets to look more appealing and good to eat. Silver leaf decorations are made by pounding into a sheet less than a millimeter thick. It is backed up with paper for support and the paper is peeled before its been used. Silver leaf sheets are laid or even rolled over the indian sweets which are made of many types of different ingredients.
Reactivity - Silver does not react with water or air
Oxidation - The oxygen absorbs by increasing the temperature and pressure
It is quickly rusty
Compounds - Silver forms complex compounds which are soluabe in water

Why is silver ideal for indian sweets?
Silver is beaten into thin sheets and are placed on sweets to make them look delightful.
Silver is expensive and the signs of luxury and wealth.
It makes the sweets look good beacuse of its lusturous self and its flexability.
Its put on sweets becuase there kept in fresh air for a long time and silver does not lose its lustre in pure air.

What is the chemical problem?
The chemical in this statement is silver. Well, silver is a very inactive metal. Silver sometimes slowy reacts with sulfur if it interacts with sulfur compounds in the air. Which forms a new sunbstance called silver sulfide which may cause health issues if its eaten. Since silver leaf does not contain much of silver so its not that harmful to the body. If there is much of silver consumed or exposure might also cause argyria. Mostly silver conducts heat which may cause environmental issues.

Health issues caused by silver?
Kidney damage
Eye damage
Lung damage
Liver damage
Brain damage
Cardiac abnormalities
Nervous system damage
High concentration- breathing, dizziness, difficulty, headaches or respiratory irritation
Extreme concentration- drowsiness, staggering, confusion, unconsciousness, coma or death.
Environmental issues caused by silver?
Environmental levels
Effects of organisms in the laboratory and field
Marine environment- Toxicity of silver compounds to marine species
Continental environment
Effects evaluation
Pros and Cons of silver?
Pros- silver has a wide industrial use
- makes sweets look appealing
- shows luxury and expensive

Cons - chemical problem
- health issues
- environmental issues

My Opinion
I strongly disagree that silver leaf decorations should be in indian sweets. There are more negatives to that side than positives. It can cause health issues, environmental issues, damages to the body such as death. Even though it looks appealing on indian sweets, luxury, expensive, and its has a wide industrial use. I believe that the diseases are a bigger part of a person surviving life rather eating.
Uses of physical properties in silver?
Uses of chemical properties in silver?
Colour : makes the sweets look more appealing.

Texture: adds to the grace and makes it easier to spread over the sweets.

Malleability: enables the slices densed, shiny and saves metal.

Lustre: shows the beautiness of the decorations on the sweets to make them look delightful.
Reaction with the air: The silver leaf are made out of metal and does not lose lustre in pure air. The leaves have silver also included which doesn't react with water or air. Even though its silver it can get rusty which isn't a good thing.

Toxicity: Most components of the leaves have taken in toxic like aluminium, silver and cadmium. If it is toxic not only its added on the sweets. People who eat it will get infected with really serious diseases such as death.
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