beware: A recent study has shown that the habit of dining out
may raise your risk of cancer.
to a new University of California and George Washington
University study, as Newsweek reports, dining out may put you
at risk for elevated levels of potentially harmful chemicals
called phthalate that are linked to diseases like cancer. Many
are wary of phthalates, which are often used in plastics.
These chemicals, which can leach into food from processed
materials such as food packaging, takeout boxes and gloves,
can disrupt hormones in the body. A number of studies have
linked several specific phthalates to breast cancer, type 2
diabetes and fertility issues, according to Newsweek.
from UC Berkeley were among those who examined data from the
US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (collected
between 2005 and 2014), in which 10,253 people were asked to
recall what they ate and where their food came from over the
previous 24 hours.
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of phthalate biomarkers were measured in each participant, as
the Guardian reported. In all, 61 percent reported eating out
the previous day. Levels of phthalate were nearly 35 percent
higher than those who ate at home and the link was
particularly strong for young people, said the researchers,
reporting their findings in the journal Environment
study suggests food prepared at home is less likely to contain
high levels of phthalates, chemicals linked to fertility
problems, pregnancy complications and other health
issues," said senior author Ami Zota, an assistant
professor of environmental and occupational health at Milken
Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington
University, as Newsweek cited. "Our findings suggest that
dining out may be an important and previously under-recognized
source of exposure to phthalates for the U.S.
scariest part of the study is the impact in growing bodies,
notably children, teens and babies.
women, children and teens are more vulnerable to the toxic
effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals, so its important
to find ways to limit their exposures," said lead author
Dr Julia Varshavsky, from the University of California at
Berkeley in the Guardian.
at home just got a lot more appetizing.