The latest scoop suggests that consuming junk food on a regular basis leads to phthalate poisoning.
Fast food is the scourge of the 21st century. It has been implicated in such diseases as obesity, diabetes and a host of other degenerative illnesses. Now the jury is in on phthalate poisoning due to the consumption of fast food.
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These phthalates are a bunch of very deleterious chemical agents that disturb the body’s metabolism and homeostasis. Researchers looked into the rates of junk food consumption and noticed a pattern of poisoning by these harmful agents.
Those individuals who consumed the maximum of junk food had upto 40% higher levels of phthalates than normal individuals. Phthalates have been linked with some pretty serious conditions in kids as well as mature people.
Phthalates are generally used in the manufacturing of food packaging. They are also employed to make tubing for dairy products. Finally, the containers for junk food are also made from phthalates.
The only problem is that phthalates poison fast food by a process of osmosis. The food is already processed and then the phthalates leach into it thereby doubling the risk.
8877 people were included in the study. They were handed questionnaires to fill out regarding what they had eaten in the past 24 hours. Any junk food consumption was also mentioned in the answers they wrote down.
The urine samples of these people were tested for two chemicals which were phthalates in nature - DEHP and DiNP. The study proved conclusively that the more fast food consumption increased, the more phthalate exposure was also to be expected.
Those who ate the most junk food had 23.8% higher levels of DEHP in their urine. Also their DiNP levels were 40% beyond the normal range. Also grain and meats were the biggest culprits when it came to phthalate exposure.
Such food products as bread, cake, pizza, burritos, rice items and noodles were the chief offenders of human health. Grains were also very bad for health in general.
Some of the chemicals found in plastic packaging such as Bisphenol A or BPA were also the source of health and behavior problems in children.
Those who ate fast food meat products had much higher levels of BPA. Phthalates are also to be found in many other products. These include toys and perfumes.
These products can damage reproductive health and lead to serious issues such as infertility. Comon sense thus tells us to avoid fast food as much as possible. It is not healthy and may do us more harm than we can imagine.
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This study got published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.