New research has highlighted the dangers of PFAS in food

By: Trademagazin Date: 2024. 07. 05. 09:55

A recent study has shown that certain foods may contain higher amounts of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), which can pose serious health risks. The research found that people who ate more white rice, coffee, eggs and seafood had higher levels of the toxic chemical in their blood plasma and breast milk. The study was published by The Guardian.

The research looked at samples from 3,000 pregnant mothers and is one of the first studies to show that coffee and white rice may be contaminated with PFAS at higher rates than other foods. The study also found a correlation between the consumption of red meat and the level of PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), one of the most common and dangerous PFAS compounds.

Perfluoro- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a widely used group of man-made chemicals, covering more than 4,700 chemicals. These substances accumulate over time in the human body and in the environment, which is why they are also referred to as “permanent chemicals”. These chemicals are extremely persistent in the environment and in the human body and can lead to health problems such as lung damage, thyroid disease, obesity, fertility problems and cancer.

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