Here's one more reason to avoid fast food: Even if the beef or chicken you eat is raised organically, with no GMOs, your meal could still carry chemicals associated with reproductive abnormalities and cancer. How so? Plastic packaging, like that used to contain burgers and fries, often contains ingredients that can literally seep into your food and thus into your body.
To prove the point, researchers asked more than 8,800 people between 2003 and 2010 to record all the food they consumed within a 24-hour period. Urine samples revealed phthalates—industrial chemicals—in consumers who eat fast food 35 percent or more of the time.
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Specifically—and bear with me as we get technical—the study looked for three types of traces in the samples: di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), diisononyl phthalate (DiNP), and bisphenol A (BPA). Fast-food-loving subjects had 24 percent more DEHP than the average consumer and 40% more DiNP, but the BPA numbers were statistically irrelevant.