Researchers Discover that Eating Fast Food Increases PFAs in Blood

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 13:50

Researchers from the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Massachusetts found that People who regularly ate fast food to have more dangerous PFAs, known as the 'forever chemicals', in their blood.

According to the DailyMail report, as toxic chemicals known as the 'forever chemicals', PFAs are popular in the fast food industry for being grease-proof and durable. They appear in burger wrappers, pastry bags and pizza boxes.

Based on the result, those who regularly ate takeaways had significantly more PFAs in their blood, compared to those who cooked at home. According to the research, the participants provided blood samples that were then analyzed for a number of different PFAs chemicals. People who ate home-cooked meals more often had significantly lower levels of PFAs in their bodies, the researchers found.

The team of academics said the findings, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggest the PFAs could leach into our meals from food packaging.

Lead author Dr. Laurel Schaider, an environmental chemist at Silent Spring, said: 'this is the first study to observe a link between different sources of food and PFAs exposures in the US population.

'Our results suggest migration of PFAs chemicals from food packaging into food can be an important source of exposure to these chemicals.' The chemicals 'have a substantial impact on human male health as they directly interfere with hormonal pathways potentially leading to male infertility,' the scientists concluded in the study.

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