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Chapter 14, Problem 40E
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A friend tells you that a health-related website recommended taking small amounts of iodine ( I 2 ) as an antioxidant to prevent aging. What is wrong with this idea?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The given statement “a health-related website recommended taking small amounts of iodine as antioxidant to prevent aging” is to be explained.

Concept Introduction:

Oxidation is the addition of an electronegative element or the removal of an electropositive element in a chemical reaction.

Reduction is the addition of an electropositive element or the removal of an electronegative element in a chemical reaction.

A chemical reaction in which oxidation process and reduction process take place simultaneously is called a redox reaction.

An oxidizing agent is a substance that has the capacity to oxidize the other substances and get reduced in a chemical reaction.

A reducing agent is a substance that has the capacity to reduce the other substances and get oxidized in a chemical reaction.

An antioxidant is a reducing agent. The reducing agent loses electrons easily in the chemical reaction. It reduces the other substances and gets oxidized in the oxidation-reduction reaction.

Iodine is an oxidizing agent. So, iodine will not work as an antioxidant.

Explanation of Solution

An antioxidant is a reducing agent. The reducing agent loses electrons easily in the chemical reaction. It reduces the other substances and gets oxidized in the oxidation-reduction reaction. Iodine is an oxidizing agent. An oxidizing agent gains electrons easily. An oxidizing agent oxides the other substances and gets reduced in the oxidation-reduction reaction.

The equation for the reduction of iodine is as...

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