Would You Like a Side of Phthalates With That Burger?

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If you need another reason to stop eating fast food, this could be it.

New research has found that people who reported consuming more fast food were exposed to higher levels of harmful chemicals known as phthalates.

The study, published by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University, is one of the first to look at fast-food consumption and exposure to these chemicals. It appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Phthalates belong to a class of industrial chemicals used to make food packaging materials, tubing for dairy products, and other items used in the production of fast food. Other research suggests these chemicals can leach out of plastic food packaging and can contaminate highly processed food.

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