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Health: Fast Food is Poison


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“Fast food impacts blood sugar and blood pressure, increases inflammation, and may mean an individual does not eat enough necessary nutrients. an eating plan of junk and fast food could lead to issues with digestion, immunity, inflammation, heart health, obesity, and more“– Paul Ebeling

According to a study, burritos, chicken nuggets, and other popular food items people purchase from fast food vendors in the US contain chemicals associated with a variety of serious health problems.

Researchers purchased fast foods from well-known outlets and identified 10 potentially harmful chemicals in the food samples, which included phthalates, a group of chemicals used for softening plastics and are known for disrupting the endocrine system. The researchers also discovered other plasticizers, which are emerging replacement chemicals for restricted or banned phthalates in food processing and packaging equipment.

They found that phthalates as well as other plasticizers are prevalent in prepared foods offered at US fast-food chains, which means many customers are receiving unhealthy chemicals with their junk food meals.

For the study, the researchers bought 64 fast food items from various restaurants and requested 3 pairs of unused gloves for food handling. They tested the gloves and food items for 11 types of plasticizers and phthalates and found that:

  • 81% of the food samples examined contained a phthalate known as DnBP and 70% of the samples contained DEHP. Both these chemicals have been shown in several studies to be associated with reproductive and fertility problems in people. They can also increase the risk for attention, learning, and childhood behavioral disorders.
  • 86% of the food samples contained the replacement plasticizer called DEHT, a chemical requiring more research for determining its effect on human health.
  • Meat-containing foods, like chicken burritos and cheeseburgers, had higher levels of the chemicals investigated.
  • Cheeseburgers and chicken burritos had the highest levels of DEHT. It was revealed that gloves for handling food obtained from the restaurants also contained DEHT.
  • Pizzas had the lowest levels of most chemicals tested.

Phthalates and replacement plasticizers are chemicals used for softening plastics and can migrate out of the plastic into the food, which is then consumed. Some sources of plastics include food industrial tubing, food conveyor belts, handling gloves, and the outer packaging used for wrapping fast food meals that are offered in restaurants.

Prior research indicates that individuals who consume home-cooked food have lower levels of these chemicals, probably because home cooks do not make use of gloves for food handling or plastic packaging. Individuals should change to mostly meals cooked at home to avoid these industrial chemicals.

The study suggests the necessity for better scrutiny and regulation of chemicals used for making food.

The study points to the necessity for better scrutiny and regulation of chemicals used for making our food.

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Paul A. Ebeling, a polymath, excels, in diverse fields of knowledge Including Pattern Recognition Analysis in Equities, Commodities and Foreign Exchange, and he is the author of "The Red Roadmaster's Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a highly regarded, weekly financial market commentary. He is a philosopher, issuing insights on a wide range of subjects to over a million cohorts. An international audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognize Ebeling as an expert.