Study proves how fast food exposes you to chemicals detrimental to your health
Till date, health fanatics have been pointing out to you how fast food exposes you to chemicals and is detrimental to health. We wanted solid proof for an excuse to pass up a big juicy burger and fries; we needed evidence to avoid a great big hotdog with dollops of mustard. Well here it is. Your evidence from a study at George Washington University which found that excessive consumption of fast food exposed consumers to harmful chemicals. More evidence??
According to a research study undertaken at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, located in George Washington University, those who consumed fast food on a regular basis were exposed to a harmful substance called phthalates. This could well be the first extensive study to look at such a topic and it has been published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspective.
1 Fast Food Exposes You to an Increased Amount of Chemicals
Lead author of the study, Ami Zota, Scd, MS, stated that those regularly eating fast food were more likely to contain phthalates in their body that were 40 % higher than those who did not. Phthalates, she said were linked to severe health conditions in both children and adults.
Phthalates are substances that are classified among industrial chemicals. They are used regularly in food packaging, including dairy product tubing and a number of items used in the large scale production of fast food. Such chemicals can easily leak out of the packaging and contaminate the food.
2 Before You Open That Juicy Packaged Dinner, Think Again!!
Although this may not scare you into staying away from all those TV dinners and food that comes in packets, still, won’t it be scary to think you might be consuming harmful chemicals too? The study was an extensive one; usually such studies are done on a large scale to obtain conducive results. 8,877 participants were made to answer a survey based on their dietary patterns in the last 24 hours, this involved all the fast food they had eaten too. Urinary samples were also obtained from volunteers and were tested primarily for two types of phthalates, DiNP and DEHP
What Zota and her colleagues observed from their findings was phenomenal. The urine samples of those who consumed the highest amount of fast food contained the end product of DEHP. Those levels were 23.6 % higher than those who consumed fast food in moderation. The levels of DiNP metabolites were also a staggering 40% higher in comparison to those who had not eaten any fast food in 24 hours.
3 The study revealed a lot more than just phthalates
What the study revealed was that the items which influenced the high levels of phthalates were meat and grains. The grain category included items such as pizza, bread, rice, noodles and burritos. Zota also stated that earlier studies of a similar nature revealed the same results.
The researchers also focused on another harmful chemical called BPA or Bisphenol A which caused behavioral problems and was bad for health. Although the study found no correlation between total fast food consumption and BPA, the results, however, did reveal higher levels of BPA in consumers, who had eaten fast food in the last 24 hours in comparison to those who had not.
4 A Wholesome Diet Is Good For Health
Research is currently going on to study the extent of phthalates used in several products such as toys, perfumes, food and various consumer goods. The US Congress, in fact, had banned the widespread use of phthalates in toy production in 2008. Despite the ban, two types of phthalates are still in use said Zota. These are DEHP and DiNP. Such harmful chemicals can play havoc with your reproductive system and are linked to infertility.
What Zota suggests is that, “A diet filled with whole foods offers a variety of health benefits that go far beyond the question of phthalates.” How right she is when suggesting a wholesome diet hits top spot for any human being! Instead of packing in all those calories and salt, eat your veggies, fruits, and cereals. When fast food exposes you to chemicals, why take a chance!! Instead, a nutritious diet of the right amount of proteins, carbs, fats and fiber will keep you healthy and happy.