[Ed. – Gee, who’d a thunk it?]
It’s no surprise that fast food isn’t the best thing to eat for your health. Now, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have found another reason to try to keep your Mac attacks at bay. Grease-resistant wrappers treated with the same chemicals used in stain-resistant products like carpets as well as floor wax were found in significant numbers at a variety of fast-food restaurants. And they can leach into your food.
The compounds in question here are called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and previous studies have linked these fluorinated substances to everything from kidney and testicular cancer to low birth weight, decreased sperm quality and thyroid disease. Studies have also shown that when food is touched by paper containing the compounds, they can migrate into the meal.
In the current study, Graham Peaslee, a professor of experimental nuclear physics in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame analyzed over 400 different kinds of food wrappers from 27 different fast-food chains in America including McDonald’s, Burger King, Chipotle and Starbucks. The samples were collected from in and around five different US cities.