Dr. Oz: Dangers of Phthalates in Our Food
Dr. Oz talked about a family of chemicals that our found in our everyday food. They’re called phthalates and they used to be found in child toys and childcare products and we removed them for safety concerns. But phthalates are still added to plastics to make them more flexible. Now, a study has found them in our food. Research shows that exposure to these chemicals has been linked to weight gain and endometriosis in women, as well as respiratory problems and brain and behavior changes in infants and children.
Dr. Oz: Where Are Phthalates Found?
Dr. Oz explained that phthalates are found in whole milk, butter, ice cream, eggs, yogurt, chicken, and high-fat meats like bacon. Anything wrapped in flexible plastic can get it as well.
Plastics are often softened with phthalates, which are then put in plastic containers, plastic lids, conveyor belts, and the plastic wrappings you see at the meat counter. Cows are milked with flexible tubing, which has phthalates. The phthalates seep into the milk and later, when the milk is turned into cheese, butter, and ice cream, the phthalates are found in all of them.
Dr. Oz: Phthalates Experiment
All 10 of the women Dr. Oz tested had never heard of phthalates before the show today. Nevertheless, half of them tested positive for phthalates. One woman said the only thing she’d heard was that it’s not good to microwave her plastics. She hadn’t heard anything about the rest of it.
Two of the women had an incredible amount of phthalates in her blood, testing in the 95th percentile. Lisa and Angela were the two with the most chemicals in their systems. Lisa said she’s worried about her future. She has three kids and she’s worried they might have phthalates in their system. Angela said she was very nervous and fearful of getting cancer from the chemicals. She wanted to know if it’s reversible and Dr. Oz told her it was. We can even do it ourselves, on our own.