Dr Oz: Does Fast Food Packaging Contain Dangerous Chemicals?
A reported 80% of people eat fast food at least once a month and at least 50% of Americans eat fast food once a week. But according to Dr Oz, the worst part may not actually be the food but the wrappers. He launched a food investigation to learn whether dangerous chemicals could be lurking in fast food.
But first, Dr Oz explained that fast food companies had to come up with a way for customers to transport burgers and other food easily. The first fast food wrappers were created but they were typically thin wax paper or contact paper. But the paper couldn’t withstand the intense moisture so companies added chemicals to the wrappers. But can those chemicals leach into your food and into your body? Lets take a closer look on the next page…
Dr Oz: Fast Food Wrappers Contain Chemicals
To find out more, Dr Oz sent investigative reporter Elisabeth Leamy to find out. Elisabeth visited more than ten fast food restaurants including Burger King, McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Starbucks, Chipotle, Dunkin’ Donuts, Carl Jr’s, Pizza Hut, and Five Guy’s. She wanted to first find out how often food is served in paper or plastic containers. It turns out not one item she ordered was wrapper- or container-free. A lot of those wrappers are coated with chemicals to keep the grease in.
What Chemicals Are Used In Fast Food Wrappers & Packaging?
The organization Silent Spring conducted the largest fast food study in years and when they looked at fast food packaging, they found that approximately one-third of the fast food packaging samples they tested, including wrappers, contained potentially toxic chemicals. Silent Spring, along with six other institutions, looked at more than 400 containers from 27 fast restaurants. The study took three years to complete.
Silent Spring used a new quick-screwing method to test for the presence of fluorine in each packaging. The reality is that chemicals were found in some of the packaging and leaching of the chemicals can occur from the packaging to the food. We could easily be eating those chemicals. It is already known that chemicals in fast food packaging can affect thyroid function, metabolism, and possibly even pregnant women and small children.
Why Are Chemicals Used In Fast Food Wrappers?
Elisabeth Leamy then joined Dr Oz and explained that fast food companies chose to use chemicals already in existence that were being used for stain-proofing or water-proofing things like furniture. The problem is that those chemicals were never meant to come into contact with food and many scientists argue that they shouldn’t.
Dr Oz: PFOS & PFOA Dangers
The most studied of the chemicals they’re referring to are the PFOS’s and the PFOA’s. Those chemicals have been banned by the FDA for use in many food products because they’ve been associated with testicular and kidney cancer, increased cholesterol levels, decreased fertility, hormonal imbalance, and other problems. In children, they can even cause immune and developmental problems.
Are Fast Food Burger Wrappers Bad For You?
Dr Nicole Avena admitted she was really surprised that the chemicals were still around, given how much caution is taken to make sure restaurants and food services are cleaned and sanitized to prevent food-born illness, when one big problem could be right there in the packaging.
It was time to reveal the results of the wrapper and packaging tests.
Dr Oz: Fluorine Chemicals in Fast Food Packaging
Dessert and bread wrappers were the most likely to contain fluorine chemicals. Approximately 56% of them contain the potentially dangerous chemicals. Approximately 38% of sandwich and burger wrappers contain fluorine chemicals and 20% of paperboard packaging. As for paper cups, none of them were found to have fluorine chemicals.