According to Dr. Mercola, “fast foods along with other convenience meals may compromise health”.
His article continues to state “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected data on nearly 8,900 Americans of all age groups between 2003 and 2010 as part of a nationwide survey oh health and nutrition. Participants reported everything they’d eaten in the past 24 hours and provided a urine sample”.
While other studies have investigated exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals from processed food this is the largest study at exposure from fast food meals. Fast food was broadly defined as food from restaurants without table service and those with take our or drive through services ( Starbucks, McDonalds, sandwich shops, etc.) as reported by Time magazine.
The new report published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that people who ate more fast food had higher levels of two substances that occur when phthalates ( which make plastic more flexible) break down in body, DEHP and DINP. DEHP can damage reproductive system, lungs, liver, kidney, etc. DINP may increase insulin resistance.
Personal care products are another major source of phthalates. Pregnant women and young children are at particular high risk when it comes to theses chemicals as noted by CNN”.
1) Cook from scratch!
2) Purchase as much items in glass as possible (water glasses, baby bottles, food, etc.)
3) Search for environmentally safe and conscientious companies making food, supplements, cleaning and laundry items, fragrance free toiletries, etc.