This is really shocking, especially for people who love fast food! Yes, and if you’re one of them, you should be very careful! Why – because you may be ingesting harmful chemicals that disrupt your hormones.
Here’s what you need to know – the experts say that these chemicals are known as phthalates, which are linked to obesity. But the truth is that most of us are exposed to phthalates almost every day, so why does being exposed to the chemicals in fast food matter?
The Danger in Fast Food and Phthalates
Can I ask you simple question – have you ever heard of phthalates? Well, if your answer is no, then you should definitely read the article below! Phthalates are chemicals that are present in manufacturing plastics. Many fast food restaurants use plastics in the food they serve and therefore these chemicals leach into the food you enjoy eating. Many experts around the world say that one of the best ways to reduce phthalates in your system is to avoid eating at fast food chains as much as possible.
Yes, and unfortunately, many fast food restaurants around the world already serve unhealthy food. Favorite items, such as French fries, soda, and hamburgers are high in compounds that don’t contribute to good health. Since a study claims that phthalates are being served on the side along with the food you order, this is a big reason to avoid eating at these restaurants.
What the Study Says
Study confirms – a recent study, conducted by the health researchers at the George Washington University, Washington DC, has discovered that people who have eaten at fast food restaurants have at least 24% higher levels of phthalates in their system.
Here’s a breakdown of what happened in the study:
- The experts surveyed more than 8,800 people.
- The survey was about the participants’ health with questions about their diet, such as how much fast food they had eaten the day before the survey.
- The participants in this study also gave the researchers a sample of their urine.
- The results of the urine samples showed that those who just ate fast food the other day had 24 to 40% more phthalates than those who didn’t eat fast food.
And, you should also know that this is very troublesome due to the fact that many people choose to eat fast food instead of home-cooked meals. Aside from obesity, phthalates are linked to several health effects, such as:
- Low IQ in children
- Reproductive health problems in grownups
- Impaired sex drive
- Preterm birth
Note: you should also know that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not entirely ban all types of phthalates, so there are several foods and other consumer products that use the chemicals. And, as we said before, phthalates appear to be in high amounts of fast food products as they leak from the food’s packaging. We also think that more research should be performed to prove that fast food can impact the levels of phthalates in the body. But while we wait, you can reduce your exposure to the chemicals as well as other harmful compounds in fast food by eating more veggies and fruits. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with you friends and family. Thank You and take care!