People were already aware of the fact that pizzas contain loads of toxic products as well as processed meat that are carcinogenic in nature. To add to that, researchers have recently found out that the pizza boxes also contain toxic materials that can increase the chances of cancer as well as a variety of birth defects and development issues.

The different chemicals used in food boxes.

The Food and Drug administration pressured by a variety of health and environmental groups has banned three chemicals. There are a variety of chemicals that are known to be hazardous for health that is specially used for packaging of substances but there is no ban on the same. The different chemicals are perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances known as per fluorinated compounds. These are used as water and oil proofs in food packages like pizza boxes, fast food containers as well as sandwich wrappers as well as microwave bags.

The Environmental working group in 2008 investigated the safety policies of the FDA for new approval of PFCs and found them incomplete. There are a variety of side effects of using PFC in packaging products. They may lead to thyroid issues, liver toxicity, and suppression of the immune system. The side effects of PFC were also found in the new born babies who were still unborn. The PFC which entered the consumer’s blood exceeds the federal health standard limits.

The health dangers of the PFC

There is variety of heart diseases ranging from cancer to heart diseases. Studies have shown that PFC has perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane suffocate that is bad for human health and has a health risk because of the following reasons. They cause diseases like Cancer in pancreas, liver, testicles, and breast cancer in animals. Apart from Cancer they also lead to reproductive and development issues in the fetus as well as reproductive hormones and also have a risk of miscarriage as well as decreased birth weight.

Environmental exposures as well as exposure to PFC also can lead to kidney disease. People who had higher concentration of PFCs also were reportedly found to have thyroid disease. Apart from that they also had heart attack and strokes, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and much more.

Other sources of PFC

Apart from Food containers, PFC was also found in waterproof apparels like raincoats, dental floss, cosmetics and shampoo, cleaning products as well as stain resistant carpets, electronics and paints.

What should you avoid?

Avoid buying containers that contain PFC such as

Non stick cookware, Fast food packaging items, furniture’s and carpets that are stain resistant, stain repellant clothing such as rain coats and brands from Adidas, Columbia and North Face, cosmetic and skin care products that contain fluoro and perfluor and more.

Source: At Health Works