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What Common Foods in Your Home Can Cause Birth Defects?

The familiar boxed mac & cheese found in most American pantries may cause birth defects. A recent study has shown that these boxed meals contain potentially harmful chemicals called phthalates. Phthalates are a chemical utilized in most plastics, sealants, adhesives and other processed items. Once the risks were known, phthalates were removed from plastic children’s toys to keep them from being ingested. But, eating these chemicals may be easier than you think. Can Phthalates Affect My Family? Phthalates can travel to certain food products during their packaging stages, making them a food additive that we unknowingly consume. Boxed mac & cheese meals, such as Kraft Easy Mac, have specifically been linked to the phthalates. The coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging’s recent study found chemicals in 29 out of the 30 boxes that were tested. Fattier, less natural foods tend to have the most levels of phthalates. So, the…
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