How would you like to eat fire retardants for lunch? Sounds ridiculous, I know. But if you’re eating certain lunch foods – and they’re not organic – then it’s quite possible these toxins are part of your noon meal.
A new study out of Texas found traces of the flame retardant in nearly half of the peanut butter and cold cuts purchased at a local grocery store. The researchers also found the toxin in many of the meats (including turkey, fish, and beef) and other fatty foods.
The flame retardant (hexabromocyclododecane), commonly found in the foam insulation of many buildings, may disrupt the proper function of human hormones and reproduction. For women, this is especially concerning since so many of us have hormone-related health problems.
While the amount of flame-retardant chemicals found in the foods were below what the government considers dangerous, don’t ignore this information. Once these chemicals get into your body, it’s very hard to get them out. They bind with fat and will stay there for years. And they continue to build up over time, giving you a much heavier toxic load.
Why do these foods contain a flame retardant? The answer isn’t a pleasant one. Most likely, they come from the environment. Our air, water, and soil is so polluted by industrial chemicals, it’s almost impossible to keep them out of our food. Even the grass and corn livestock eat may contain small amounts. And, to top it off, some organics might contain trace amounts.
Contaminants in our food supply are common. Researchers have discovered other manmade chemicals, including DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, dioxins, and other flame retardants, in other popular foods.
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