There is a new way of thinking when it comes to fast food and getting fat from it. It is not just about the food itself but the amount of chemicals our bodies absorb everyday from all the things we ingest or come into contact with. Whether it be pesticides, chemical additives or even the plastics used to package our goods for eating. It seems these chemicals can reprogram our cells to malfunction. This concept is not new and this type of chemical change is called endocrine-disrupting.
The Endocrine system is primarily composed by the glands in your body that create hormones. These hormones regulate the human bodies growth, reproduction, development and behavior.
An Endocrine Disruptor (pED): is a foreign substance or mixture that possesses properties that might be expected to lead to endocrine changes in an individual life form, in its offspring or population.
These disruptors work on our body at the hormonal level wrecking havoc at a cellular level. Its these cells that tell the body how to store fat or burn fat and this break down leads to many of the terrible diseases that affect the overweight or obese population. These problems can then affect the children or the next generation. Health problems include: fertility problems, genital malformation, reduced male birth rates, precocious puberty, miscarriage, behavior problems, brain abnormalities, impaired immune function, various cancers, and cardiovascular disease.
Try and avoid foods that are heavily processed, have chemical additives or have been subject to hormones to promote growth. Going organic is the best way but an expensive one so start by weeding out the worst chemical offenders from your shopping basket. When eating out be more selective of your menu and how your food is served. Hot foods served in plastic is something to be avoided. Be very wary of your “sugar free” intake as most sugar free products are chemicals designed to trick your taste buds. The Wall Street Journal published an article relating to the consumption of diet pop and the surprising increase in obesity.