29 July 2018 Posted By : Administrator

Kitchens Contain Serious Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Research has emerged that most of the items we use daily in our kitchens might be slowly poisoning our bodies, due to the endocrine disruptors they contain. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s endocrine system in certain doses. Everyone is said to be exposed to these kinds of chemicals every single day because, endocrine disrupting chemicals are found in low doses in thousands of every day products. Chemicals commonly detected in people include DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's), bisphenol A (BPA), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE's), and a variety of phthalates. A lot of plastics, including some advertised as BPA free is said to contain at least a little amount of these chemicals. Probable consequences of exposure to these chemicals include, obesity, diabetes, female reproduction, male reproduction, hormone-sensitive cancers in females, prostate cancer in males among others.

According to a journal article by Claude Monneret, “Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and potential EDCs are mostly man-made, found in various materials such as pesticides, metals, additives or contaminants in food, and personal care products. EDCs have been suspected to be associated with altered reproductive function in males and females, increased incidence of breast cancer, abnormal growth patterns, and neurodevelopmental delays in children, as well as with changes in immune function”.  The article further explained that most of our daily exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals usually occurs through “ingestion of food, dust and water, via inhalation of gases and particles in the air, and through the skin. EDCs can also be transferred from the pregnant woman to the developing fetus through the placenta and to the young child through breast milk.”

According to Zoey Sky writing for NaturalNews.com, endocrine disruptors can be found both in the kitchen and in food. Ways it can be found include:

Endocrine disruptors in the kitchenand also in food. Endocrine disruptors found in the kitchen include: Bisphenol A (BPA) – BPA is a toxin usually found in plastic food storage containers and plastic water bottles. Consumers are advised to avoid this by buying glass or only BPA free bottles. Fragrances – Various cleaning and personal care products contain artificial fragrances. Most fragrances are made from petrochemicals which are associated with allergies, cancer, and nervous system disorders. Consumers can avoid this by only using home-made cleaners.Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) – PFCs are often used to make non-stick cookware. These harmful compounds make products resistant to grease and water. PFCs can cause thyroid disease and they are also connected to reproductive issues involving hormone levels and sperm quality. This can be avoided by using cast iron or stainless steel.

Endocrine disruptors in food are Dioxin, usually found in dairy products, fish, and meat. Consumers could avoid this by eliminating dairy from their diet and consuming high-quality animal products like grass-fed and pasture-raised meat. Mercury – Mercury is linked to heavy metal toxicity, which is the major cause of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder. Again fish consumption causes exposure to mercury. Consumers can avoid mercury by avoiding high mercury fish. Pesticides – Often sprayed on produce, pesticides may cause endocrine disruption that can harm your thyroid. Consumers are advised in this case, to buy organic pesticides.Phytoestrogens – Phytoestrogens naturally occur in plants and can also be found in foods like flax seeds, legumes, oats, sesame seeds, and soy products. Phytoestrogens can act like hormones in the body because their chemical structure is similar to oestrogen and may cause fertility issues. This could be avoided by avoiding all soy-based products and legumes.

The conclusion to this is that consumers need to examine their kitchen products, to ensure the products we use daily, might not be poisoning them slowly.

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