What’s Lurking in Your Butter?

wrappersLife sure feels simpler when wrappers peel off your sticks of butter and other packaged foods– like butter.

But if you knew that the package contains chemicals that could put you and your family at risk to develop heart problems– even more than the butter it contains– you might not be so quick to purchase your next stick.

Researchers from Denmark published findings in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and realized that chemicals used to keep our foods grease- and stain-free could be increasing the risk of metabolic disorders in children later in life.

These chemicals are called perfluorochemicals (PFCs) and can be spotted at numerous places around your home. They keep your upholstered furniture and carpets stain and water-repellant in your living room, and they keep your drapes wrinkle-free, for example. Moreover, these dangerous chemicals serve the same purpose for permanent-press clothing and any outerwear, backpacks or other accessories that are touted for being water-repellent.

Once PFCs are in the body, they inflict mysterious damage. The Dutch researchers realized that overweight children who carried higher levels of certain PFCs in their bloodstream had a greater chance of having higher-than-average levels of insulin and triglycerides– the kinds of fat responsible for heart disease. In conclusion, this indicates that overweight kids who have high levels of PFCs in their systems are at a greater risk of developing metabolic disorders than overweight kids who have lower levels of the destructive chemical.

But normal-weight children who carried higher levels of PFCs in their systems didn’t have elevated insulin and triglyceride levels, causing the researchers to be increasingly worried that being overweight can put children at higher risk to the toxic effects of these dangerous chemicals– because they build up in blood and can take years before getting eliminated fully from the body.

This isn’t new; health regulators have been trying to raise awareness about PFCs for years. Luckily, two of the most toxic types of PFCs have slowly begun to be phased out: PFOS (a chemical routinely used in Scotchgard for years) and PFOA (used in Teflon and Goretex finishes). Better yet, the Environmental Protection Agency has banned the implementation of any new PFCs from entering the U.S. market that aren’t already widely circulated throughout the nation.

 

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