Confession: I’ve actually ingested this stuff. It wasn’t exactly like this. When I was a kid, it was more like silica gel flakes. If you grew up Asian in America then you’ve probably encountered this stuff in every prepackaged, plastic wrapped, preservative-infused snack you’ve ever consumed from the “International” market.
I won’t go into the details of how I ended up eating the stuff. Let’s just chalk it up to the fact that “Do Not Eat” was not in English and silica flakes look a lot more like some kind of seasoning than the little spheres you see before you now.
Silica is inert, right?