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Chromium picolinate, a popular supplement used for diabetes and body building, is converted into a well-known carcinogen in the fat cells of mice, Australian researchers have found.

Yet the Sydney researchers say it’s too soon to leap to conclusions about their carcinogenic effect in humans.

Their study shows mouse fat cells immersed in a chromium picolinate solution (which contains chomium III) convert about 60% of the metal into its higher oxidation states chromium V and VI.