Hormone Disrupting Additives - The Consequences
Do you know what is in your food? Do you check labels? Do you know that packaged food is impacting and harming your health and hormones? Additives added to your packed food have serious side-effects. Most of us are uninformed of the degree to which such foods or drinks are impacting your endocrine system. The research has been found that more than 3000 additives/preservatives are being used in different foods such as cakes, bagels, bread, tortillas, muffins, drinks, processed foods, and countless other things. Those additives are not tested before they added to our food. However, some research found and proved that these additives are incredibly harmful to our hormones, health, bodies, and particularly for the reproductive systems.
Let’s study some of them:
Phthalates are chemicals commonly found in many types of food, especially fast and prepacked food because those chemicals get into food through packagings such as paper, cellophane, and paperboard, and plastic in contact with food. While utilized in many consumer goods, prescription drugs, and medical devices, food and cosmetics are the primary sources of exposure to phthalates. You will find phthalates in perfume, deodorant, shampoo, hair conditioner, hair spray, almost anything fragranced (laundry detergents, air fresheners) from nail polish, carpeting, insect repellent, vinyl flooring, shower curtains, the coating on wires and cables, raincoats, plastic toys, and in your car.
Scientific evidence has connected phthalates to many reproductive, developmental and endocrine-related health problems. Pregnant women are especially in particular concern because the presence of phthalates leads to birth defects and infertility. young children due to phthalates’ demonstrated impairment to normal development. Every chemical in the group that has been studied for health outcomes has been found to pose a health risk. It negatively affects the male reproductive system, male sex hormones, and also testosterone.
It is also a harmful chemical that is found in a number of our food products such as muffins, cinnamon rolls, and cosmetics. If the product you are using includes methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and isobutylparaben, it has parabens.
Without understanding its side-effects, we are used to giving these muffins to our children on a daily basis for the sake of love and care. this additive has been reported as the strong reason for causing impaired fertility in women. Not only infertility but additionally it plays a significant role in working with breast cancer cells and altering the estrogen levels.
In 2006, the EU (European Union) had strictly banned the use of parabens in food products and cosmetics as additive/preservative. However, the tests of urine of a large population group have been conducted that reported that it is still present in 91% of the urine in people. This is highly alarming and must need to be controlled for the sake of good health.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Another dangerous additive is the butylated hydroxyanisole, which is classified as a carcinogen. Human carcinogen means that it plays a vital role in the onset of cancer in the human body. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are extensively used by the food manufacturers as preservatives, mainly to prevent oils in foods from oxidizing and becoming rancid. Oxidation alters the flavor, color, and odor of foods and reduces some nutrients.
BHA is a strong endocrine disruptor. It can lead towards the lowest testosterone levels in men and women, as well as the thyroid hormone thyroxine. It also negatively affects sperm quality and leads towards many related issues, both in humans and in animals.
We all love snacks and chips on an everyday basis and we also give such snacks to our children. Unfortunately, they contain a high amount of this additive as well as prepacked meat. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid buying packaged or processed food but make fresh food at home.
This goes along with making our own personal care products or buying organic, without any preservatives. My favorite company is Beautycounter. The very clean line of cosmetics without any preservatives. This way, you can take good care of your hormones as well as of your health.
Many natural and organic cosmetics companies have found sufficient alternatives to parabens to inhibit microbial growth in personal care products, we just need to do some research and find the one we like. Readers can check out the Environmental Working Group’s free online “Skin Deep” database.
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