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Your favorite foods could be doing more than just adding a few extra pounds

Mid-Atlantic meats, seafood, and even chocolate cake were recently found to contain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). For those of us seeking a balanced diet and something sweet to finish our meal off with, this is certainly alarming news.  While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated the PFAS found is “not likely to be a human health concern”, the news is certainly disconcerting.

PFAS has been linked to cancer, liver damage, and developmental issues. And while their use has lessened over the years, they’re what’s known as “forever chemicals” because they “rarely break down in the environment, they can linger in water and air for thousands of years…” As you might have guessed, if they don’t break down in environment, they won’t break down in your body either. That means once they’re in there, they could be in there forever.

The FDA’s 2017 test was conducted in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Maryland, & Delaware. During the study they tested for 16 types of PFAS, using nearly 100 samples from local grocery stores. The study found levels of PFAS that exceeded the limits set for drinking water, but not food. Chocolate cake was found to have the highest level PFAS, but there was a variation during the study, and more research is needed for this particular result. The FDA also conducted a study on a dairy farm located near an Air Force base in New Mexico, and the levels found there were as Business Insider reporter aria Bendix puts it, “concerning”.

The results of the study alone are distressing, but the idea that the FDA can’t explain why PFAS still continues to end up in our foods may be the biggest reason to worry. Their theory is that’s due to the packing materials used, but they still don’t know for sure.

To read the full report over at Business Insider, click here: