I read in a journal long ago that milk and egg whites are used to treat heavy metal poisoning, I get the process of protein precipitation but why do these proteins aggregate?

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I read in a journal long ago that milk and egg whites are used to treat heavy metal poisoning, I get the process of protein precipitation but why do these proteins aggregate?

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I think you’ll get more/better answers in /r/askscience

the way you formulated the questions makes me think you already know a lot about chemistry and it also seems like a very specific, very technical question, probably with a very technical answer that will be very difficult to explain in a friendly, simplified and layperson-accessible explanations (rule 4)