Harmful Chemicals and Plastic Matter in Food Linked to Risk of Chronic Diseases in Men

Do you usually consume foods packed in plastic? Experts now suggest that potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic products, such as phthalates, may pose severe threat to human health. Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute joined hands to investigate the presence of harmful chemicals in around 1500 male participants. The urine samples of close to 99.6% of the participants contained phthalates. Traces of phthalates in human body have often been linked to triggering a range of ailments. “We found that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease,…

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Bad news: Don’t wrap food in newspapers, printing ink contains harmful colours

Wrapping food items in newspaper is bad for your health as its ink has multiple bioactive materials with known negative health effects, the Food, Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) said on Friday. “Wrapping food in newspapers is an unhealthy practice and the consumption of such food is injurious to health, even if the food has been cooked hygienically,” FSSAI said in an advisory. “Printing inks may also contain harmful colours, pigments, binders, additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical contaminants, presence of pathogenic micro organisms in used newspapers also poses…

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