Harmful chemicals, plastic matter in food linked to risk of chronic diseases in men

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 17:52:08 | Updated : 13 Jul 2017, 17:53:34
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Harmful chemicals, plastic matter in food linked to risk of chronic diseases in men

Harmful chemicals, plastic matter in food linked to risk of chronic diseases in men
Experts now suggest that potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic products, such as phthalates, may pose severe threat to human health. Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute joined hands to investigate the presence of harmful chemicals in around 1500 male participants. 

The urine samples of close to 99.6 per cent of the participants contained phthalates. Traces of phthalates in human body have often been linked to triggering a range of ailments.

Experts noted that the presence of such chemicals in the body was mainly due to consuming foods contained in plastics. A typical western diet is rich in processed and refined food items that, almost always, come packaged in plastic. 

Some of the previously conducted studies had shown that consuming soft drinks and pre-packaged foods may lead to high phthalate levels in the body. The hazards of using plastic in packing or serving everyday meals have long been debated upon with many technologists and scientists devising plausible ways to do away with the use of plastic in the culinary and gastronomic space, according to a media report.

 
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