Eat by the numbers to cut down on cancer-causing chemicals

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As if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid the McDonald’s drive-thru like the plague, research shows that those who frequented fast food establishments the most had significantly higher levels of phthalates in their urine.

If you don’t know, phthalates are bad for you — like linked to breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, asthma, endocrine disruption, attention deficit disorder (and more!) kind of bad.

So you may be wondering what phthalates (which come from a class of industrial chemicals) are doing in your burger…

Well, they’re used to make food packaging and other items used in fast food production… and they’re also known to leech into food.

Researchers from George Washington University found that study participants who had consumed fast food within 24 hours of the study had 23.8 percent higher levels of the phthalate DEHP in their urine and 40 percent higher levels of the phthalate DiNP in their…

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