dreamstime_xxl_75146854Our modern world wouldn’t be what it is without the variety of chemical compounds in widespread use. However, there is an unexpected downside to this: some of these chemicals are extremely prevalent in our environment, have the potential to work their way into our body, and have been found to be toxic. It is invaluable to learn about these toxins and take measures to be able to avoid them.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

BPA is an industrial chemical central to the production of plastics. What is problematic about BPA is the sheer number of food containers that contain it such as water/soda bottles, microwavable food containers, and the lining of food cans. These products are so common – especially in the average grocery store – that it is hard to fathom that they can potentially pose risks to the brain and the development of children. The FDA has actually taken notice and is taking steps to reduce the use of BPA in our food supply.

Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)

While BPA is an unexpected hazard that we face from our food containers, PFOA is a potential danger that we may find on our cooking surfaces. Most non-stick cooking surface use some variety of Teflon, of which PFOA is an important manufacturing compound. This compound has been shown to adversely affect the development of lab animals. Eventually the EPA took action against DuPont (the manufacturer of Teflon) to reduce exposure to PFOA.

Acrylamide

Acrylamide is actually not a chemical that is part of any manufacturing process but is formed in carbohydrate-rich foods cook ed at high temperature. This includes things that are common in the American fast food diet such as French fries and sugary baked goods. High levels of exposure to this chemical have caused cancer in lab rats and nerve-damage in humans.

This is just a sampling of the toxins in our modern environment. Contact us to learn more.