Fast food and junk food are delicious, but these meals and snacks aren’t often top of mind when considering which foods are best for your health. In addition, there is evidence that foods we love to grab on the go may contain toxins that complicate the decision.
Does Our Food Contain Toxins?
California lawsuit claims. Skittles are “unfit for human consumption” because they contain titanium dioxide, which helps them remain colorful.
Dietitian DJ Mazzoni says the lawsuit is not surprising. Consumers should review product label labels for ingredients banned in other countries, such as titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide isn’t the only harmful additive in junk food.
What Do Phthalates Do To The Body?
Environmental health scientist Lariah Edwards from George Washington University conducted a study in 2021 on potential industrial chemicals found in fast foods.
A study found phthalates in fast food items from beloved chains, chemicals used to make plastics soft, which disrupts the endocrine system.
Edwards said, “Phthalates are a class of chemicals used heavily in plastic materials, such as food packaging and food processing equipment.”
Unawareness Of Food Consumption
What exactly do consumers ingest every day? There are times when it’s hard to distinguish what’s harmful and good for you, according to Anthony Zirfas.
He says, “Every year, a new study on certain products potentially linked to cancer or some other disease. The following year, it changes. We are in the age of information and disinformation.”
Is Junk Food Counterproductive?
When avoiding junk food and fast food seems impossible, are there any ways to lessen the impact?
Mazzoni says, “Eating foods high in antioxidants can help alleviate some harmful effects of inflammatory processed foods. Eating a salad after a fast food pizza is much healthier than eating a pizza alone.” Another great way to reduce risk is to avoid meat-containing fast food and junk food.