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The researchers found that people who ate more meals at home had significantly lower levels of PFAS in their bodies. The vast majority (90%) of these meals consisted of food purchased at a grocery store. In contrast, people who consumed more fast food or ate more frequently at restaurants, including pizza places, tended to have higher levels of PFAS. This suggests that fast food and food from other restaurants is more likely to be contaminated with PFAS, which may be due to greater contact with PFAS-containing food packaging.
“This is the first study to observe a link between different sources of food and PFAS exposures in the U.S. population,” said co-author Laurel Schaider, Ph.D., an environmental chemist at Silent Spring. “Our results suggest migration of PFAS chemicals from food packaging into food can be an important source of exposure to these chemicals.” Although the study did not directly analyze food packaging or the food itself for PFAS, the findings are consistent with previous research, including an earlier study by Silent Spring that found PFAS chemicals are common in fast food packaging.
Eat foods you enjoy. Instead of worrying about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” eat, choose foods you find satisfying. Deprivation, both physical from not eating enough and psychological from restricting foods or food groups, leads to overeating, binging and usually eating more of the foods you’re trying to restrict.
The study, which was conducted at the University of South Florida in Tampa, found that breathing in the aroma of junk food for a minimum of two minutes may help curb your longing to indulge in it.1 These results are based on a series of experiments performed at a supermarket, in a laboratory, and in a middle school with a population of approximately 900 students.
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a class of chemicals widely used in an array of nonstick, stain-resistant and waterproof products such as carpeting, cookware, outdoor apparel and foodpackaging. Food crops and livestock can also contain PFAS through exposure to contaminated soil and water. PFAS have been linked with numerous health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, immune suppression, low birth weight and decreased fertility. Because the chemicals are ubiquitous and exposures are widespread in the population, scientists are concerned about the health risks.
Consistent with previous studies, researchers also found that people who consumed more microwave popcorn had significantly higher levels of PFAS, most likely the result of the chemicals leaching out of the popcorn bags. Four PFAS chemicals detected in the participants’ blood samples and associated with eating more popcorn have previously been detected in microwave popcorn bags, the researchers noted.
A limitation of the study is that the data were collected between 2003 and 2014 and only included results for long-chain PFAS because they were most frequently detected. In recent years, due to health concerns, U.S. manufacturers have been replacing long-chain PFAS with newer varieties that are also extremely persistent and new research suggests they raise similar health concerns. For this reason, many experts are calling for restrictions on the entire class of chemicals. In addition to PFAS, food packaging can contain other chemicals of concern, including hormone-disrupting compounds such as BPA and phthalates, says co-author Kathryn Rodgers, a staff scientist at Silent Spring. “The general conclusion here is the less contact your food has with food packaging, the lower your exposures to PFAS and other harmful chemicals,” Rodgers said. “These latest findings will hopefully help consumers avoid these exposures and spur manufacturers to develop safer food packaging materials.”
Ask about Mad Aunt Edith. Find out your family history. You need to know if there are any inherited diseases prowling your gene pool. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, finding out what your grandparents died of can provide useful – even lifesaving – information about what’s in store for you. And be candid, not coy: 25% of the children of alcoholics become alcoholics themselves.
Source: Silent Spring Institute