A few days ago a statement related to our diet was spread on social networks that said more or less like this: "There are many people counting calories and very few counting harmful chemical substances. " And in fact, there are still relatively few people who take the time to read the ingredient list for packaged or canned foods. If we did the opposite, we would end up totally changing what we eat, and not only would our health improve, but perhaps it would be easier to reach or maintain our ideal weight. Now we face a new concern: the synthetic chemicals in the packaging pose a health hazard.
According to a study recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, many of these substances can leak into food and be potentially harmful. Food Contact Materials (FCM) are generally plastic or have synthetic components. The study authors warn that little is known about the long-term effect of being exposed to these substances in packaging.
What You Should Know
Scientists say the characteristics of some of the chemicals in packaging are still being debated, and "consumers are exposed to them, mostly without knowing it." These are some of the most troubling facts:
Some toxic, and even carcinogenic, products like formaldehyde are legally used in FCM like the plastic in soda bottles.
- FCMs may contain substances that alter the production of hormones, such as bisphenol, tributyl, and phthalate.
- More than 4,000 chemicals are intentionally used in FCMs.
- Regulatory processes are questionable, because toxicological analyzes do not take into account possible changes at the cellular level caused by FCM.