Chemicals in our Milk (and A Lot of Other Places)

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Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and not exactly what we want to be consuming on a daily basis, but it turns out that we may be doing just that.

New research out of the University of Washington found that phthalates (chemicals that are used to make plastic more flexible) can leach into foods while they are being processed (like when cows are milked and plastic tubes are used). The levels of phthalates found are cause for concern explains Simone Pitre of the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The researchers said that phthalate exposures for infants consuming a typical diet for their age and adolescents eating a diet high in dairy products and meat exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “reference dose,” meaning estimated safe level, for one particular phthalate known as DEHP."

Learn more about the study and what you can do to limit your exposure to phthalates and other potentially harmful chemicals at the EWG link below.

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