In something that cannot really be considered news, it appears that industrial chemicals are present in fast food. Apart from being the most unhealthy foods that lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, not only is fast food cooked in the same oil for days but is also has phthalate concentrations.
The information comes from a recent study conducted by researchers from the George Washington University. This is only the latest addition to a long list of reasons why you should not eat fast food. The results of the study have shown that those who consume such food have higher concentrations of phthalates in their urine than those who do not.
Phthalates are dangerous and powerful industrial chemicals, which are usually present in the plastic used for making food products, such as packaging processes and vinyl gloves. Unfortunately, it seems the chemicals do make their way into the food. The researchers involved in the study have stated that
“Other research suggests these chemicals can leach out of plastic food packaging and can contaminate highly processed food.”
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention of the United States have warned that previous tests on phthalates have linked their intake with negative consequences on the reproductive system. While there is need of more research to determine the full extent of the risks, one thing is clear: phthalates should not be consumed by humans.
The team of researchers from the Milken Institute School of Public Health of the George Washington University has analyzed dietary data coming from nine thousand adults. The data came from urine samples used to check the DiNP and DEHP concentrations, which are two types of phthalates, also considered the most dangerous.
According to Ami Zota, lead author and assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, the people who ate most fast food presented forty percent higher levels of phthalates as compared to those who avoid such foods. The individuals with the biggest fast food intakes showed the highest levels of both DiNP and DEHP.
While the presence of such industrial chemicals is worrying, we have yet to understand how the human body manages their intake. The fact that they are present in the urine proves that the body can break them down to eliminate them, maybe even before they can cause any harm. However, any consumption of industrial chemicals is sure to do damage sooner or later.
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