Toxic chemicals exist in the air we breathe, in the food we eat and in the products we use every day. Some of these chemicals are more dangerous than others, and some of them only pose a large number of threats, or after years of exposure. It is not always easy to know what is safe and what should be avoided. Please read on to learn about 12 potential hazardous chemicals that may be frequently exposed to in common household products. We hope that the information in the next 12 slides will help you make informed decisions about the foods and products you choose.
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1. Bisphenol A (BPA) - found in the inner lining of bottles and food cans
bisphenol A, or found in the inner lining of plastic bottles and food cans, mainly due to extensive contact. As the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) points out, pregnant women and children are particularly at risk, and animal studies have shown that exposure has a negative impact on newborns and fetuses. A Japanese study published in the Oxford University Press Journal human reproduction in 2005 concluded that recurrent abortions were associated with BPA exposure. Toxicologist Dr. Patricia Rosen also reported that BPA has potential health effects on behavior as well as brain and prostate. While Rosen said the presence of low concentrations of BPA in some foods is considered safe, she recommended precautions to avoid contact, including limiting the consumption of canned foods and avoiding heating foods in plastic containers, as heating can cause BPA to seep into foods. Because of this risk, many plastic bottles and cans are now labeled BPA Free, so you can keep an eye on them and choose from them. NIEHS also recommends storing food in glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers and using baby bottles that do not contain BPA. "Some plastics with recycling code 3 or 7 can be made with bisphenol A," the Institute said. Avoid using them.
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2. Dioxins exist in soil, surface water, animal and plant tissues. Dioxins refer to environmental chemicals produced when household and industrial wastes are burned. They also exist in soil, surface water, and plant and animal tissues. The main exposure of humans to dioxins is through contaminated food - usually animal products - because chemicals accumulate in fatty tissue. The problem is that it's an endocrine disruptor. This means that it may change the role of estrogen and progesterone in our body, leading to an increased risk of certain cancers. As a result, breast cancer, such as hormone dependent breast cancer, can increase at a faster rate. "The World Health Organization points out that due to efforts to reduce emissions, most people's exposure to dioxins through animal products has been reduced, but those pregnant women or those who intend to be pregnant should take additional measures to avoid dioxins:" a balanced diet (including adequate fruits, vegetables and grains) helps avoid overexposure from a single source. " Rosen recommends that most consumers limit their intake by reducing their exposure to dioxins. Intake of animal products. Now listen to me: is hemp the new kale? Bong Appetit's main course introduces the health benefits of weeds and food. Mercury - in fish
although fish is a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids in human diet, excessive intake can cause problems, especially when fish is rich in mineral mercury. Mercury is high in sharks, tilapia, swordfish and mackerel. Mercury is toxic. Heather mangieri, a spokeswoman for the American Society of nutrition and nutrition and registered dietician, reported that the risk is particularly high for young children, and pregnant women should pay attention to fish intake to prevent problems with fetal development. " "I think it's unfair to scare the public to say 'we need to completely avoid these problems,'" mangieri said. "However, she recommends that consumers, especially pregnant women and children, avoid eating high mercury fish and choose low mercury fish, such as salmon, canned tuna and catfish without bisphenol A.
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4. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) - found in a nonstick pot
if you're still using an old scratched nonstick pot, you may want to throw it away. Perfluorochemicals, or perfluorochemicals, are used to make non stick cookware, which can be harmful to your health. Environmental Protection Agency reports that PFC has been shown to be toxic in animal research, exerting negative reproductive, developmental and systemic effects. According to Heather mangieri, a spokeswoman for the American Society of nutrition and nutrition and registered dietician, when the pan is too hot or scratched, the risk does occur. " "You have to avoid using super high temperatures to heat these pots, not empty ones," she said. The other thing is to make sure you use wooden or silicone tools, because PFCs will fall off when scratched in the non stick coating. "
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5. Atrazine, an insecticide of corn and sugarcane, exists in drinking water. It is one of the main sources of atrazine, which is commonly used in the cultivation of corn, sorghum and sugarcane. Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on water supply, toxicologist Rosen says it is difficult to regulate without strict controls. In fact, the Pesticide Action Network reported that the U.S. Department of agriculture found atrazine in 94% of the water it tested, and in some areas of the United States, the level of atrazine may exceed the legal limit, Rosen explained: "it causes problems with increased cancer risk and increased cardiovascular risk. In a big city with water monitoring, you should be OK. " According to Rosen, if you're not sure, you should contact your local agency.
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6. Organophosphate pesticides, found in baby food
when you choose the next time you go to the grocery store between organic food and traditional food, you will consider organophosphate, the most common and toxic pesticide used in agriculture, and their potential risks, especially if you have children. According to the environmental working group, more than one million children under the age of six consume unsafe amounts of organic phosphorus every day, and for infants, commercial baby food is the main source of unhealthy amounts of organic phosphorus. Of large numberThe intake of organophosphorus is related to the increased incidence of ADHD in children, and they may also have harmful effects on reproductive function. The best thing you can do for your family is to choose organic products. If cost is a problem, Heather mangery, a spokeswoman for the American Society of nutrition and nutrition and a registered dietitian, recommends that the product be thoroughly cleaned before consumption.
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7. Glycol ether - in cleaning products, cosmetics, and paints, glycol ether is found on product labels as one of several variants of the root name, including diethylene glycol dimethyl ether, glycol monobutyl ether, and diethylene glycol monomethyl ether. Although it's not a hard rule, it's usually best to avoid ingredients with long names that you can't pronounce, and glycol ether is no exception. According to the EPA, glycol ether is most commonly used as a solvent in cleaning products, liquid soap and cosmetics. Acute exposure to these chemicals can lead to necrosis, pulmonary edema, and severe kidney and liver damage. Long term exposure can cause fatigue, nausea, anemia, tremor and anorexia. Although these chemicals pose the greatest threat to people working with them in an industrial environment, home use can still put you at risk. Dr. Joseph Mokola, an orthopedic doctor and academician of the American Academy of nutrition, reminded consumers not to buy products with glycol ether as an ingredient. B two alcohol ethers are used in paints, chewing gum, perfume, dyestuffs, liquid soap and cosmetics, so please check the labels.
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8. Phthalates (found in plastics, cosmetics and lotions
) are used to increase the flexibility of plastics and also as solvents. Phthalates are found in hundreds of products including plastic containers, vinyl flooring and clothing, toothbrushes, cosmetics, lotions, insect repellents and plastic toys. According to toxicologist Dr. Patricia Rosen, phthalates are endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic or inhibit the body's male and female hormones and can lead to cancer, especially hormone sensitive cancers such as breast cancer. The problem is that these chemicals are everywhere, "Rosen said. People are exposed to phthalates in the air by ingesting contaminated food and drink as well as by skin absorption. In order to protect themselves from potential hazards, zero breast cancer organization recommends that when heating food in microwave oven, only use safe and non phthalate plastic containers and plastic packaging in microwave oven, select toys and toothbrushes marked "non phthalate", and avoid listing phthalate PVC and personal care products in ingredients.
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9. Perchlorate - used for rocket fuel, exists in soil and water
whether it is man-made or produced naturally, perchlorate is a widely used pollutant in rocket fuel and explosive production, which can interfere with thyroid function, affect the growth and development of central nervous system of fetus and newborn. It exists in soil, surface water and underground water and poses a potential threat to human health because it pollutes our drinking water. According to a 2005 report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, large quantities of perchlorate have been found in drinking water for more than 11 million people. However, toxicologist Dr. Patricia Rosen said perchlorate is not a problem in EPA regulated water supplies. If you have a good water source, you should be OK, "she said. If you are not sure, you can contact the local government to find out how your water system is monitored.
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10. Arsenic - in water and (low level) rice
in unregulated water sources and low level rice, arsenic is a naturally occurring mineral element - if ingested in large quantities, it can cause skin problems, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, stomach pain, paralysis, blindness and numbness of limbs. Because EPA limits the amount of drinking water, people who take water from regulated sources face less potential risk. However, consumerreports.org says Rice has attracted more attention, with the site testing more than 200 samples of different rice products and finding large amounts of inorganic and organic arsenic. These findings suggest that the government is more in need of monitoring the amount of pollutants allowed in food. At the same time, Heather mangiri, a spokesman for the American Society of nutrition and nutrition and a registered dietitian, suggested that consumers should limit the intake of rice products and eat diversified and balanced diet to avoid any kind of pollutant.
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No.11. Flame retardant - exists in mattresses, upholstered furniture, etc.
exists in household products such as upholstered furniture, mattresses, carpet mats, electronic products and foam for children's products, such as car seats, changing tables, fluff pads and care pillows. Flame-retardant is designed to protect your safety, but they may do more harm than good. According to the environmental working group, these pollutants can seep out of the product and attach to children's hands and other objects that may be placed in their mouths. Even exposure to a lower environment during development can lead to reproductive impairment and behavioral, memory, hearing, learning and motor skills problems in children. " "What's most interesting is this substance called Tris, a potential carcinogen," said toxicologist Dr. Patricia Rosen. The Environmental Working Group also cited PBDEs as the most toxic flame retardant, and recommended avoiding contact with all flame retardants as much as possible until the government raised its regulatory standards.
spa> Credit: span> digital vision. /Disc / Gatty image H3> 12 years old. Lead - found in lead based paints (most residential paints before 1978)
if you live in a larger home, you should be aware of the effects of lead poisoning, especially if you have children. Before 1978, most home paints were lead based, and although they were not sold later, the Department of environmental services (ESD) in San Diego reported that more than 38 million homes in the United States still use lead based paints. California's Department of public health reports that even exposure to low levels of lead can lead to high blood pressure, impaired brain and kidney function, and an increased risk of miscarriage. In children, lead causes developmental and behavioral problems, premature birth, low birth weight, and learning difficulties. ESD report in San DiegoIt is said that lead dust produced during normal wear of lead based paint surface is the most common source of poisoning. Please have a qualified professional check, remove, replace or otherwise dispose of your paint to protect your family.
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