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Gallery: These Everyday Chemicals could be Affecting your Health

A report published by Consumer Reports warns about the presence of chemical substances dangerous to health in the food packaging of well-known restaurant brands and supermarket foods. However, they are not the only dangerous chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis.

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LatinAmerican Post | María Fernanda Ramírez Ramos

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The Consumer Reports investigation analyzed the components of 118 packaged food products, produced by 24 companies, in the United States. Companies like McDonald's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Stop & Shop, Sweetgreen and Nathan's Famous have packaging for products with high levels of PFAS, chemicals that are harmful to health that are also found in food, furniture, paints and some nonsticks.

The US Environmental Protection Agency lists perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a group of chemical agents used in industry around the world. In addition, it adds that "they are highly persistent in the environment and in the human body, that is, they do not degrade and can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can cause harmful effects on human health ". For this reason, the research findings are worrying.

However, they are not the only chemicals that people are often exposed to on a daily basis. There are millions of products in common use that have been associated with high levels of components that act as endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. Likewise, many of these components also cause great harm to the environment. Here we tell you more about these chemicals:

Now that you are aware of various chemicals that are dangerous to your health, you may want to make changes to your lifestyle. Remember that opting for natural options is always the best option. Despite the fact that the effects of exposure to this type of substance are almost imperceptible on a day-to-day basis, more and more research indicates that they are dangerous. However, in addition to the awareness of the purchased, it is urgent that the States create strict legislation to regulate the inclusion of these chemicals in products for human consumption.