“NUDE YOUR FOOD” – What you should know about Plastics!
Facts about Plastics;
According to the dietary book ‘Understanding Nutrition’ by PHD Biologist Ellie Whitney & Masters in Nutrition and Food scientist Sharon Rady Rolfes, Food intolerances can produce many different signs and symptoms in the body of a child including but not limited to stomach aches, headaches, rapid pulse, nausea, wheezing, hives, bronchial irritation, coughs etc. The causes maybe linked to chemicals additives found in food, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) flavour enhancer and pesticides sprayed on food produce as the residue may be absorbed into the food or linger on its surface. Children are particularly vulnerable to these chemicals in their growing years as their tolerance level is much lower than a healthy adult.
Generally, young children are more vulnerable to chemical hazards for a variety of reasons. Their bodies, internal organs and major physiological systems are still growing and developing. Metabolic, immunological, hormonal and reproductive systems are immature and more vulnerable to toxins. Low body weight and high relative food intake means their relative dietary exposure to substances is high.
Phthalates – According to government body ‘Product Safety Australia’ Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are a family of organic chemicals produced from oil. They look like clear vegetable oil and have little or no smell. These chemicals are not used alone. They are placed into products during manufacture to act as a lubricant or softener. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) contains phthalates to make the plastic soft and flexible. Phthalates have been used in this way for about 50 years and are the most commonly used plasticisers in the world. In recent years some concern has arisen in relation to some phthalates internationally and as a result some have been banned in Europe and in the United States. Australian research has identified a minimal risk in relation to one phthalate, DEHP. A ban has been introduced prohibiting certain products that contain DEHP above a prescribed level.
It is therefore difficult to generalise about the safety of all phthalates as a group. The main health concern associated with some phthalates is that animal studies have shown that high regular doses can affect the reproductive system in developing young, particularly males. While there is no significant risk to the general population, young children may experience higher exposures than the general population if they chew or suck on phthalate-containing toys, or if they ingest phthalates over a long period from other products containing high levels of phthalates.
Innate behaviour such as sucking and frequent hand-to-mouth contact means they ingest substances present in their immediate surroundings
Bisphenol A (BPA)– According to a ‘Daily Mail UK health article about THE POTENTIALLY DEADLY CHEMICAL IN COMMON USE BPA is an organic compound used in a wide variety of products, mostly plastics. The World Health Organisation has not limited or banned the use of the chemical in industry, but the EU and Canada has banned its use in baby bottles. In 2010 Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance.
Dr. Angel Nadal, a BPA expert at the Miguel Hernendez University in Spain, said: ‘When you eat something with BPA, it’s like telling your organs that you are eating more than you are really eating.’ His latest research finds that BPA affects the pancreas, the organ that creates insulin. A small amount of the chemical can trigger the release of almost double the insulin actually needed to break down food. Dr Nadal’s team found that a quarter of a billionth of a gram of BPA was enough to start this reaction.
Various studies have linked BPA to prostate and breast cancer, while another showed it can affect brain function in lab rats. A 2009 study on Chinese workers in BPA factories found that they were four times more likely to report erectile dysfunction and reduced sexual desire than workers with no heightened BPA exposure. It can lead to the increased production of insulin, the body’s way to regulate fat and carbohydrates. If there is too much insulin created, the body can become ‘immune’ to its effects – leading to weight gain and type 2 diabetes..Studies around the world estimate that 90 per cent of people in developed nations have BPA levels in their blood above the threshold in Dr Nadal’s study.
Coal tar dyes – According to the website ‘Phys.org’ are artificial colouring agents made by combining various aromatic hydrocarbons like toluene, xylene, benzene, which are obtained from the distillation of bituminous coal. Coal tars are also made from petroleum distillates. There’s evidence to suggest that artificial colours increase hyperactivity, ADHD and learning difficulties in children. And Other studies have implicated coal tars in lung and skin cancers (though a direct relationship remains unproved).