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A recent study has found that a common food preservative, Teflon chemical has a link to obesity.
Three hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly added to processed foods, waterproof clothing and other everyday products may cause obesity, according to a new study from researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“We discovered that each of these chemicals damaged hormones that communicate between the gut and the brain,” lead researcher Dhruv Saheen said in a news release. Saheen, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at a Cedars-Sinai research institute, said the damage was much worse when the test cells were exposed to all three chemicals at the same time.
Saheen’s team tested these chemicals that can contaminate food:
- Butylhydroxytoluene, or BHT, an EWG dirty dozen food additive and antioxidant commonly added as a preservative to breakfast cereals;
- PFOA, a chemical formerly used to make Teflon, grease-resistant food wrappers, stain-resistant carpets and waterproof clothing; and
- Tributyltin, a compound in paints that can end up in water and accumulate in seafood.
Observing the effects inside the cells from chronic exposure to the three chemicals, the researchers found that each one damaged the hormones needed to communicate between the brain and the stomach.
BHT produced some of the strongest health effects. The chemical is added to food to protect nutrients and prevent fats from turning rancid. It’s also used in a wide range of personal care products.
More than one-third of U.S. adults are considered to be obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers believe the discovery of how hormone disruptors interrupt signaling could help prevent obesity in people.
So maybe it’s not your fault if you are obese. It is your fault if you don’t educate yourself as to what products to avoid so that you don’t come into contact with these chemicals.
Some places these chemicals are found was mentioned above. Another common exposure to some of the chemicals is in cookware coatings. In the video below you’ll discover some of the safest pans to use.
So what Pans Are Healthy To Use
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