People who eat plenty of fast food have a tendency to to have levels of phthalates in their urine that were 24 percent to 40 percent higher than people who rarely ate take-out fare, the investigators found.
We found statistically significant associations between the amount of fast food consumed in the prior 24 hours and the levels of two particular phthalates found in the body, said study author Ami Zota.
Fast food even can pick up phthalates from the vinyl gloves that restaurant workers wear to avert food poisoning, Zota added.
“To reduce exposure to phthalates, my recommendation always is to minimize exposure to processed foods, and the ultimate processed food platform is the fast-food restaurant,” Swan said. “They don’t use anything fresh.”