The Dangerous Chemicals Found in Fast Food and Restaurants
Two years ago, Ami Zota External link studied fast food consumption in the United States and found that as millions of people are eating fast food outside their homes, they’re also ingesting harmful chemicals.
Called phthalates, this class of chemicals is linked to infertility, pregnancy complications, diabetes, obesity and cancer. They’re found in plastics, lotions, cosmetics, personal care products, vinyl flooring, and other common household items. But they’re also found in the gloves, boxes and plastic wrap used to prepare food.
The 2016 study External link revealed that those who reported eating more fast food were exposed to as much as 40 percent more phthalates than those who ate at home in the span of 24 hours. Grain-based foods, including bread, cake, pizza, burritos, rice, and noodles, and burgers and other meat were the most significant contributors to phthalate exposure.
According to Zota, ScD, MS, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, these findings were especially worrisome because of the number of serious health concerns associated with exposure to phthalates.
In March 2018, Zota and other researchers published the findings of a broader study that examined the phthalate levels of those who ate different types of food away from home. This included restaurant food, cafeteria food and fast food.
This article has been republished from materials provided by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Note: material may have been edited for length and content. For further information, please contact the cited source.
A century has passed since the 1918 global flu pandemic, aka the ‘Spanish flu’. Back in the early 1900s, the virus was a relatively novel concept. Since then, our understanding of viruses has come a long way, as have our diagnostics tools, and control and preventative strategies.READ MORE
The dawn of forensic DNA analysis has had a large part to play in the evolution of criminal and private investigations. Even the smallest residues can be used to place someone at a crime scene or determine how people are related to one another. Forensic DNA analysis doesn’t stop with people either, law enforcers are using the techniques to combat smuggling of animals and exotic woods too.READ MORE