There has been a lot of debate regarding whether we can talk about “safe” plastic. Environmentalists and even health experts warn us against the dangers of using this material, even if for different reasons.
While the former advertise how dangerous it is to our environment, the latter warn us that its massive use could lead to several health problems such as insulin resistance, higher blood pressure and various other problems that we might face or, even worse, expose our children to, according to a new study.
Unfortunately, plastic can be found in many things that surround us, from shopping bags to appliances in our home and even cosmetics.
Even if the chemicals found in plastic are generally regarded as safe, the researchers warn us that they are far from being so.
In fact, these chemicals – di-isononyl (DINP) and di-isodecyl (DIDP) might be as dangerous as the massively used phthalate, DEHP. This substance was considered dangerous as it was linked with hypertension in the past.
The experts looked at urine samples from more than 1,300 children and teenagers, whose ages varied between 8 and 19. They realized that high levels of DIPP and DINP were linked to high levels of blood pressure.
Afterwards, the same researchers from the NYU Langone Medical Center checked 356 teenagers and found a connection between insulin resistance and high these chemicals.
The findings are quite worrying, given the fact that so much packaged food is available in supermarkets nowadays.
However, there are still ways in which we can protect ourselves and our children, by trying to avoid using plastic that is marked with the numbers 3, 6, or 7 and choosing fresh products.
Furthermore, we should always steer clear of putting any kind of plastic into the microwave or placing very hot food and drinks in plastic containers.
In spite of the fact that this is not the first study that links plastic to various health problems, it seems that regulation in the U.S. is quite unlikely to change anytime soon.
Even if there is a lot of research carried out in the field that proves how dangerous certain chemicals found in plastic are, the agencies have failed to do something about it on many occasions.
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