Study: Chemicals from Fast Food Wrappers Can Enter Human Bloodstream

If the ingredients weren't already enough to make Americans put down their Big Macs, maybe this study will catch their attention.

In a scientific journal study published today, scientists have found that certain chemicals used to keep grease from soaking through food (think fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags) can enter the food, get eaten by people--and then end up in our bloodstream. 

Oh, and once they show up in our systems, they're the kind of chemicals that can affect sex-hormones and cholesterol. Sounds gross, right? According to the article from Environment News Service:

Earlier research by University of Toronto environmental chemists Scott Mabury and Jessica D'eon, established in 2007 that the wrappers are a source of these chemicals in human blood. Their new study shows that perfluorinated chemicals can migrate from wrappers into food.

When discussing their initial study, Mabury said that those policing and regulating these kinds of chemicals have operated on three assumptions: "That the chemicals wouldn't move off paper into food, they wouldn't become available to the body and the body wouldn't process them. They were wrong on all three counts."" 

Read more specifics about the chemicals involved at ENS.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 9, 2010, 6:01am

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