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How to Avoid TOXIC CHEMICALS – The #1 Tip for Eating Out (Simple & Quick)!

By on February 27, 2017
There’s now a new reason to avoid fast food restaurants–but it has nothing to do with the food, say researchers.

According to a new study from the University of Notre Dame, fast food packaging materials tested positive for high amounts of per- and polylfluoroalkyl substances, fluorinated compounds associated with kidney and testicular cancer. This even occurred when restaurants claimed their packaging materials were free of these chemicals.

The research appears in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

“This is a really persistent chemical,” explains Graham Peaslee, a professor of experimental nuclear physics at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Science. “It gets in the bloodstream, it stays there and accumulates. There are diseases that correlate to it, so we really don’t want this class of chemicals out there.”

Peaslee used a method called particle-induced gamma-ray emission (PIGE) spectroscopy to analyze if certain fast food packaging materials contained flourinated compounds. He specifically developed it as it allowed him to measure the volume of these chemicals in a cost-effective way.

More than 400 samples later, he found that they tested positive in a big way. Of all of the packaging tested, these chemicals were found in 56 percent of dessert and bread wrappers. Slightly less, or 38 percent, were found in sandwich and burger wrapped.

Peaslee then contacted the fast food chains included in the study to find out if they were aware of the contamination. Shockingly enough, only two fast food chains replied–and alleged their packaging did not contain flourinated compounds.

That’s a major concern, as PFAs easily transfer from packaging to food products, and eventually, enter the human body. That presents a unique and serious health concern.

“These chemicals don’t biodegrade,” says Peaslee. “They don’t naturally degrade. They persist in the environment for a very long time. This is a wake-up call for those companies and the consumers.”

As of now, fast food companies haven’t announced any changes to the way they handle the packaging of their food products. With news that some of them are even denying it is a problem, chances are it will not be fixed in the future. For consumers, this is a lose-lose situation.

Bottom line? To keep your body cancer-free, drop the hamburger–and opt for a home-cooked meal instead. It’s healthier for you anyways.

Readers: Are you worried about chemicals in your food?

Sources:
New Study Finds Extensive Use of Fluorinated Chemicals in Fast Food WrappersND.edu
Fluorinated Compounds in U.S. Fast Food Packaging (Study)ACS.org

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