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Is There Plastic In Your Milk?

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A recent study found high levels of chemicals found in plastics in dairy products & other common children’s foods. Here’s what to watch out for…

While you may think of milk as a “wholesome” food (at least the dairy industry certainly wants you to think so), there may be hidden toxins lurking in dairy products that you would never expect. A recent scientific report published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology found a class of chemicals called phthalates in a wide range of popular children’s foods and dairy products – yes, even organic ones.

Phthalates are commonly used in numerous products, especially plastics and fragrances, to make them more flexible or to help scents last longer. You can find phthalates in many places, including items used in the food industry, like gloves, tubing in dairy farms, and even in some foods. This is highly concerning because research shows that even tiny amounts of phthalates can disrupt the balance of hormones in our bodies, which can lead to health problems.

The shocking thing is that even though some of these chemicals are banned in products intended for kids (baby bottles, some plastic toys, etc.), they are still allowed in our food! This means that many of us are consuming these chemicals without even realizing it. The fact that they can affect our hormones makes it even more important to pay attention to what we eat and use on our bodies.

One of the interesting findings from the study is that phthalates seem to have a bigger impact on boys than on girls. Studies have shown that these chemicals can affect how boys play, their emotional well-being, and even their physical development. For example, they might have undescended testicles or show less interest in “rough and tumble” play. This makes it even more crucial to be aware of what we’re exposed to in the foods consume.

Here are a few other potential health impacts of exposure, according to this article from Mamavation.com:

  • Altered thyroid, progesterone, and estrogen activity in pregnant women as well as nonpregnant adults and children;
  • Preterm birth, which may occur through disruption of endocrine pathways or other mechanisms such as oxidative stress and/or inflammation;
  • Altered reproductive development;
  • Altered neurodevelopment;
  • may increase the risk of allergic diseases including asthma and eczema
  • Can cross the placenta and are detectable in amniotic fluid;
  • Altering placental development and function;
  • Detrimentally impact the course of reproductive function, pregnancy, and fetal development;
  • Alterations in infant/toddler development as well as parent-reported externalizing, internalizing, and autistic-like child behavior.

For  more on the specific foods that contained high levels of phthalates – as well as brands that weren’t so bad – check out this product-by-product list: https://www.mamavation.com/food/phthalates-in-organic-dairy-oils.html.

 

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