Fast Food Found As Source Of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals
Everybody knows that fast food isn’t healthy, and many of the processed foods have little to no nutritional ingredients. But did you know they also come with a serving of endocrine-disrupting chemicals that negatively affect your hormone levels? A new research study found that people who have been eating more drive-through hamburgers and delivery pizzas have higher levels of phthalates. These chemicals can literally break down your body.
Between 2003-2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been surveying the health of 8,900 Americans of all age groups.
“The new report, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that people who ate more fast food also had higher levels of two substances that occur when phthalates — which make plastic more flexible — break down in the body.”
At least one-third of the people surveyed reported eating fast food in the past 24 hours. Those whose diets had at least 35% of their calories from fast food had higher levels of DEHP and DiNP.
“This study shows that fast food may be an especially important source of phthalate exposure,’ said Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program.”