One of the most popular foods today is actually putting your child at risk for various health problems such as hormone disruption and learning disabilities. A decade ago chemicals known as phthalates were banned from children’s products like teething rings and rubber ducks, but as it seems these same chemicals are now lurking in macaroni and cheese, a very popular children`s food.
Phthalates are very dangerous and often linked to genital birth defects and learning problems in children and pose a great risk to pregnant women.
Earlier this year around 30 cheese products were tested and 29 of them contained phthalates. You can see the study here. The highly processed cheese powder contained the highest concentration. Kraft produced nine of those 30 products which were tested. The study also reveals that some products contained up to six different types of this chemical in one single simple.
This study was conducted by independent researchers in an independent laboratory and financed by environmental advocacy groups like Ecology Center, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, Safer States and Environmental Health Strategy Center. Here is what Mike Belliveau the executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center had to say about this:
“The phthalate concentrations in powder from mac and cheese mixes were more than four times higher than in block cheese and other natural cheeses like shredded cheese, string cheese and cottage cheese.”
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