Another Reason to Avoid Fast Food!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 5, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
We all know that ‘fast food’ is not exactly a healthy food option, due to the usual suspects: sugar, salt, and fat. Now though, a new study gives us even more reason to pause before ordering: toxic perfluoroalkyls (PFAs).
PFAs are chemicals used to coat fast food wrappers to keep grease from leaking through. They’re part of a larger group of chemicals called perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), with one of the most prevalent sources being non-stick cookware. These toxic chemicals end up in your food – and ultimately, in you.
PFCs are classified as endocrine disruptors – ‘gender benders.’ They can disrupt the sex hormones, especially the delicate hormonal systems of a developing fetus. Other health conditions they’ve been associated with include infertility, thyroid disease, cancer, immune system dysfunction, and increased LDL cholesterol.
Researchers at the University of Toronto concluded that exposure to PFCs through food wrappers “should be considered as a significant indirect source.”
The bottom line? Avoid fast food – especially anything that’s wrapped or protected with a grease-proof layer – and throw out the non-stick cookware.
And that’s a wrap!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan