There Are Chemicals In Your Takeout
Dining out can mess with your hormones.
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The chemicals, used mainly to make plastics more flexible and durable, are known to hurt fertility in both men and women, she adds. They’re also associated with health problems like breast and prostate cancers. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable, but more research needs to be done to figure out exactly what health risks are associated with short-term spikes in phthalate levels.
Until researchers know more, Varshavsky suggests eating home-cooked meals as much as possible. But never dining out is a tall order. Try to stick to plant-based foods at restaurants, since phthalates are found in higher levels in fatty foods and animal products like meat, cheese, and butter, she adds. If you’re grabbing takeout, choose places you know use cardboard or tin containers.