Scientists Discover That Even the Packaging of Fast Food Can Cause Health Problems
You know fast food is unhealthy because of the potential cancer-causing preservatives in it and its heart-stopping, diabetes-inflicting high fat and sugar content. But it gets even worse – now they say even the packaging it comes in can wreak havoc on your body.
If you've assumed the risk that comes with eating fast food often, you might not be as informed about what you're putting in your body as you might think. Sometimes it's hard to eat healthy, especially if you have a demanding job or travel-intensive duties. McDonald's, Burger King, and other road joints are sometimes unavoidable when you're always busy or on the go. But if you think it's just a lot of fat, sugar, and preservatives you're taking into your body from the greasy food – you're wrong.
Researchers found that polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which have been linked with kidney cancer, testicular cancer, lowering immunity, destroying child development, thyroid illnesses, and lowered fertility, are getting into fast food from the packaging. They found that between 20 to up to 70 percent of fast food packaging contains these scary chemicals. PFASs have been found to leech into fast food if they're present in the packaging. Here's what you need to know:
The safest thing to order is a beverage. In terms of PFAS content, none of the paper cups they sampled contained PFASs.
The most dangerous thing to order are burgers and desserts. In terms of PFAS content, about 56 percent of bread wrappers and dessert packaging were found to contain PFASs.
Why do fast food places use PFASs? Convenience. PFASs are grease-resistant and give packaging non-stick qualities. That means it's easier for fast food employees to prepare your food – but harms your body for the long term. PFASs may allow employees to prepare your food a minute or two faster, but then you're more likely to spend years with cancer? Doesn't sound like a good deal.
What's worse? Researchers found that children are more susceptible to the negative effects of PFASs. But aren't children the demographic that enjoys fast food the most?
But PFASs are used in many other products you might be using already. According to the Environmental Working Group, some moisturizers and sunscreens contain PFASs. These may also include anti-itching creams, especially those for facial hair. If you're experiencing beard itch, how can you stop new beard itch if you can't use anti-itching creams? Use baby shampoo because regular shampoo can make your beard coarser and increase itchiness. You can further lessen the irritation your beard is causing your skin by softening it with hair conditioner.
If you love fast food or eat it out of necessity, you should know there's more risk involved than you thought. The best thing to do is stay away from fast food – this new development is just another red flag on top of so many others. Also, make sure to check the ingredients of your cosmetics to avoid other sources of dangerous PFASs.