What if animals ate fast fast food?
Fast food is not only full of sugar and saturated fats, but also contains endocrine disrupting chemicals known as obesogens, preservatives, colorants, perfumes and pesticides.
Obesogens are chemicals that deregulate fat storage, disrupt energy balance, modify appetite. In short – they make us fat.
They mimic hormones in the body and thus alter the normal functioning of the endocrine system. We get them through unintentional exposure to chemicals such as:
- bisphenol A (a clear and tough plastic, used in baby and water bottles, sports equipment, sales receipts, as coatings on the inside of many food and drink cans).
- organotins, including tributyltin (a now banned, but still persistent, potent biocide);
- DEHP (the most common group of phthalates used as softeners in PVC and other plastics, many cosmetics and fragrances, and numerous other consumer products. Note that DEHP is not allowed in cosmetics or toys in the EU for now); and
- PFOAs (used on non-stick cookware, stain and water resistant garments, carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, microwave popcorn bags, etc.
These chemicals also persist indefinitely in the environment, water, food). Read more about obesogens.