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Do You Consume This Hormone Disruptor? Over 50% Of the Population Likely Does…

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"Would you like fertility problems and premature balding with that cinnamon bun…" Such should be a question asked when selling certain toxic, pre-packaged foods in America, especially since a known endocrine disruptor lurks in over 50 popular snack foods many reach for without second thought.

But who actually second-guesses the safety of their food when approved by organizations like the FDA? And this is exactly the case with the endocrine-disrupting chemical, propyl paraben. Although the European Food Safety Authority banned the preservative (often used in make-up and cosmetic products) from being used in food products in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration has listed it to be "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS).

And this is a big problem, according to an analysis recently released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). When they studied this preservative in a lab, they found that it adversely affects the sex hormones and sperm counts in young rats.

They also unearthed that propyl paraben is present in nearly 50 American snack foods, including Weight Watchers cakes, Sara Lee cinnamon rolls, Cafe Valley muffins, and La Banderita corn tortillas. While it is difficult to predict what percent of the population might be ingesting the preservative, it is likely that at least half of individuals might at some point, as certain sources cite that Americans obtain 70% of their calories from processed foods.

These findings are important to note because a review of scientific research shows that propyl paraben acts as a weak synthetic estrogen and can alter hormone signaling, shares EWG. As cited in a recent study by Harvard School of Public Health, exposure to the chemical might be associated with diminished fertility. And over-abundance of estrogen in the system has already been linked with concerns like agingacne, breast cancer, allergies, hair loss, hypoglycemia, osteoporosis, and many, many more concerns.

And this is a big problem, according to an analysis recently released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). When they studied this preservative in a lab, they found that it adversely affects the sex hormones and sperm counts in young rats.

They also unearthed that propyl paraben is present in nearly 50 American snack foods, including Weight Watchers cakes, Sara Lee cinnamon rolls, Cafe Valley muffins, and La Banderita corn tortillas. While it is difficult to predict what percent of the population might be ingesting the preservative, it is likely that at least half of individuals might at some point, as certain sources cite that Americans obtain 70% of their calories from processed foods.

These findings are important to note because a review of scientific research shows that propyl paraben acts as a weak synthetic estrogen and can alter hormone signaling, shares EWG. As cited in a recent study by Harvard School of Public Health, exposure to the chemical might be associated with diminished fertility. And over-abundance of estrogen in the system has already been linked with concerns like agingacne, breast cancer, allergies, hair loss, hypoglycemia, osteoporosis, and many, many more concerns.



 

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