It has just been revealed that there are dangerous chemicals found in 80% of the most important fast food items. Check out more details about this below.
Dangerous chemicals in fast food items
Scientists have discovered that 81% of food items contain a chemical called phthalate, while 70% of them contain a different chemical that is linked to fertility problems. The long-term effects of these chemicals are yet to be fully understood.
With concerns ranging from tax increases to global warming, yesterday’s budget has given us all a lot to worry about. Adding to the list of worries, scientists are warning us about consuming too much fast food.
A new study has found that some of our favorite fast-food items contain hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates. These chemicals are commonly used in plastics to make them flexible.
Researchers from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health tested 64 food samples from 6 different fast-food chains in America, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Domino’s Pizza.
In a recent study, it was found that 81% of food items contained phthalates, while 70% of them contained a specific chemical that is linked to fertility problems.
The study also revealed that meat items, including cheeseburgers and chicken burritos, had the highest levels of these chemicals.
A spokesperson for the group that conducted the study stated that many consumers are unknowingly consuming these potentially harmful chemicals along with their meals.
The source of contamination could be from the plastic packets used to store the food or the gloves used to handle the food. The group calls for stronger regulations to keep these harmful chemicals out of the food supply.
Report co-author Ami Zota told the Washington Post: “Disadvantaged neighborhoods often have plenty of fast-food outlets but limited access to healthier foods like fruits and vegetables, Daily Star notes.
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