Washington (EMS). Junk food found at McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s or Pizza Hut outlets contains chemicals used in detergents. That is, your health is directly being played with. This has been revealed in a recent study. Research from George Washington University, Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, Texas), Boston University and Harvard University has revealed this in their study.
A chemical used to soften plastic has been found in junk food found in well-known food chains including McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Taco Bell and Chipotle, it said. This chemical mixed food can cause many health problems. Researchers examined 64 food samples of hamburgers, fries, chicken nuggets, chicken burritos and cheese pizzas from these outlets. They found that more than 80 percent of the foods contained a phthalate called DnBP and 70 percent contained the phthalate DEHP. Both chemicals are harmful to health.
According to the researchers, phthalate is a chemical that has been used for years in products such as cosmetics, vinyl flooring, detergents, disposable gloves, wire covers. These chemicals help to make the plastic soft and malleable, so that it can be molded according to the requirement of the product. These chemicals can cause asthma, serious brain health problems in children. In addition, these can also affect a person’s reproductive system. Meat-rich foods such as burritos and cheeseburgers had higher levels of chemicals, while cheese pizzas had the lowest levels. Research associate Laria Edwards acknowledged that all the samples were from the same city and the analysis did not focus on different types of restaurants. At the same time, a statement issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it will review the study.
The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that it would review the study. “While the FDA has high safety standards, as new scientific information becomes available, we reevaluate our safety assessments,” said an FDA spokesperson. “If the FDA is no longer able to conclude that there is a reasonable certainty of no harm from authorized use,” the FDA said.