There is a lot of awareness about what plastic food packaging does to the environment, especially with the recent L.A. plastic grocery bag ban, but have you thought about what that plastic might be doing to your food and your body?
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In a study published last year in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers put five San Francisco families on a three-day diet of food that hadn’t been in contact with plastic. When they compared urine samples before and after the diet, the scientists were stunned to see what a difference a few days could make: The participants’ levels of bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to harden polycarbonate plastic, plunged — by two-thirds, on average — while those of the phthalate DEHP, which imparts flexibility to plastics, dropped by more than half.
Harmful hormone disrupting chemicals have been found in foods such as apple juice, baby formula, butter, instant noodles, beer, wine and more. Chemicals can transfer into from food prep gloves, plastic packaging and bottles, ink used on labels, the plastic used to wrap produce and many more.
The trouble is, there is not a lot of information about these chemicals, how dangerous they are, and exactly what foods and food packaging they are found in. It is important to be informed and aware of what you are putting into your body though.
For more information, read the full article from The Washington Post.