How Toxins from Fast Food Wrappers End up in What You Eat

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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

Watch: The Three Additives in Fast Food that Might be Making Us Sick

Watch: The Health Risks of the Additives Found in Fast Food

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