The elderly always say to avoid fast-food restaurants and eating from their menu as they are not good for the body and can result in high cholesterol that can be the cause of heart disease. But what they did not tell us, and what the researchers are telling us now, is that it contains a harmful chemical that can cause cancer and diabetes in the long run.
US Fast Food Top Menu Items Has This Harmful Chemical
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According to a recently published research on Nature, three of the top US fast-food chain restaurants in the country have been found to have a harmful chemical known as “phthalates” on their food. It was alarming for the researchers to have found this, as it was a long-detected chemical that was not something that belonged to food in the first place.
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The researchers also said that there was a novel plasticizer found here, and these are chemicals that can cause a lot of harm for the public in the years to come. Of course, there are small traces on the food, but consumption over time can accumulate a lot and turn out to be fatal for the person that ate it.
Phthalates on McDonald’s, Burger King, and Pizza Hut
According to the research (as per Daily Mail UK), the three fast-food chains that have been found to have phthalates are McDonald’s, Burger King, and Pizza Hut. The items were not specified, but it was said to be 64 of the top menu items found in these chains.
That being said, it is a massive concern for health officials and these restaurants to contain harmful substances.
What are Phthalates?
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Through the years, there have been reports that researchers have seen in their studies that fast food menu items contain the so-called “Phthalates” on the food. The study presents itself as information for all, as the presence of the harmful chemical in the food that people eat is alarming and very unsettling as they continue to have them until the present.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Phthalates were once used as chemicals for plastic toys to make them more flexible and softer to the touch. It avoids the traditional plastic feel of the legit plastics and makes them more feel like sturdy and softer to touch. However, it was banned by different agencies already on said toys, as children often bite them or put them in their mouths.
The harmful substance was banned from kids’ toys but can still be detected on fast food items from top chains in the country despite its links to cancer and diabetes. Phthalates remain a harmful chemical when injected, and this should be immediately removed for the betterment of our future, as they could have harmful effects in the long run.
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