Fast food side effects have broadened their horizons!
From the usual side effects like weight gain, cardiac events, depression, addiction, etc. Now recent studies are showing shockingly high levels of industrial chemicals in people who are eating fast foods.
Fast foods have always been a dangerous territory to poach on, but now they are turning from dangerous to literally life threatening. Data from the federal nutrition surveys shows that alarming levels of industrial chemicals are found in people having fast food in the last 24 hours as per the latest analysis. This study has shed light on the hazards of eating fast foods like being exposed to chemicals called Phthalates. Phthalates are the chemicals that are used in plastics and they make the plastics more flexible and durable.
The study conducted by researchers at the George Washington University analyzed the federal nutrition survey data 2003 to 2010 for over more than 9,000 people, who provided urine samples and a record of what they ate over a 24 hour period. The urine samples were analyzed and two industrial chemicals were related with higher fast-food consumption: DEHP and DiNP, the two types of phthalates. Phthalates don’t occur in nature, they are usually present in cosmetics, soap, food packaging, flooring, window blinds and other consumer products. Also The Centers for Disease Control has stated that “phthalate exposure is widespread in the US population.”
The dangerous and the health hazards of these chemicals aren’t fully clear as of now. Researches done on rats show that phthalates can disrupt the male reproductive system also there is evidence for a similar results on humans as well. The American Chemistry Council says that these chemicals “don’t pose a risk to human health at typical exposure levels,” though the Environmental Protection Agency says it is “concerned about phthalates,” especially considering the widespread exposure.
Source of these chemicals are ascertained to be the chemicals leaching onto food from machinery used in processing or packaging, or from gloves worn by workers. Ami Zota, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington (GW) University Milken Institute School of Public Health said that for people interested in reducing their exposure, “common-sense approaches will take you a long way. Eat organic when you can. If you can’t still, try to eat fresh vegetables”, she also said. “Try to eat low on the food chain.”
Although the results of this study aren’t concrete they will still make you think about what to put in your body. The love for fast food may cost more than what you thought!