Dining out raises levels of phtalates in body: Study

Certain foods, including burgers and sandwiches, were linked to higher phthalate levels in the study, but only if purchased at a fast-food outlet, restaurant or cafe.
Certain foods, including burgers and sandwiches, were linked to higher phthalate levels in the study, but only if purchased at a fast-food outlet, restaurant or cafe.PHOTO: REUTERS

Link between eating out and exposure to the harmful chemicals strongest among teens

Eating at restaurants and fast-food chains may increase exposure to potentially harmful hormone-disrupting chemicals used to increase the flexibility and durability of plastic, a study has found.

Researchers found the levels of phthalates in the human body, which have been linked to asthma, breast cancer, Type 2 diabetes and fertility issues in the past few years, to be nearly 35 per cent higher in participants who had eaten out the previous day compared with those who had stayed at home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2018, with the headline 'Dining out raises levels of phtalates in body: Study'. Print Edition | Subscribe