Are Your Foods Wrapped in Toxic Materials?
The DEA Says Fentanyl Is Everywhere
Should Companies Be Responsible for Fentanyl Sold on Their App?
Just 2 Milligrams of Fentanyl Is a Lethal Dose
Fentanyl Is Leading Cause of Death for Americans Ages 18-45
Meet Mom Who Lost Her Young Teen to a Fentanyl Overdose
Teen Overdosed after Buying Drugs on Popular App
Do Fentanyl Test Strips Work?
Does HBOs ‘Euphoria’ Send the Wrong Message to Teens about Drugs?
How to Support a Child Exploring Gender Identity
Mom Shares Her Reaction When Her Child Asked to Transition
Mom Shares Advice to Parents of Transgender Youth!
Is Gender Non-Conformity a ‘Trend’ or Here to Stay?
Is There Harm in Exploring Gender Identity?
How Should Schools Approach Gender Diversity and Identity?
Why Do Some Kids Keep Their Gender Exploration a Secret?
Are There Mental Health Concerns about Kids Transitioning?
Are Gender Curious Kids Transitioning Too Soon?
The Health Benefits of Tofu
How Doctors and Employers Can Benefit from Virtual Reality Train…
Eating too much fast food and processed foods is never advised and now there are concerns about the packaging and wrappers these items come in. The Doctors explain how toxins from food wrappers are being found in what you eat and how it may be affecting your health.
An overwhelming majority of Americans eat fast food numerous times each week with 83 percent consuming it up to 3 times weekly. WebMD’s chief medical officer Dr. John Whyte tells us we need to be concerned about what the food is wrapped in.
Researchers from George Washington University bought 64 different food items from several different fast food restaurants and tested for 11 different types of phthalates and 10 out of 11 phthalates were found in 80 percent of the food purchased. Phthalates are chemicals added to plastic to keep them durable, flexible, and soften them.
"We tend to be concerned about how healthy our food is, now we have to think about how our food is wrapped and packaged and that may be harming our health," Dr. Whyte says.
WebMD’s chief medical officer explains the way in which fast and processed foods are prepared and how long they can remain in packaging increases how often food comes in contact with phthalates.
Foods with higher levels of phthalates -- according to the study -- were hamburgers, cheeseburgers, burritos, and chicken nuggets. The foods with the lowest levels were french fries and cheese pizza.
You should be concerned about phthalates because they can impact our endocrine system and perhaps can affect fertility in women and men, impact the thyroid, impact temperature regulation, affect energy levels, and raise cortisol levels. "It's a real concern what they are doing to our bodies," Dr. Whyte says.
He explains just how much contact we can have with phthalates and still remain safe is not exactly known. He notes phthalate levels are regulated, but often not enforced when it comes to food and food wrappers.
Speaking of fast food, dietician Erin Palinski-Wade shares how often you eat these types of meal options can raise your risk of disease and details the 3 additives in these fast meals that can negatively impact your health and even cause you to get sick.