Article Date: 30 Mar 2011 – 11:00 PDT
Switching to a fresh food diet devoid of canned and packaged foods reduces levels in the body of the hormone disruptors BPA and DEHP, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives this week.
Researchers from the Silent Spring Institute and Breast Cancer Fund in the US found that just three days living on a fresh food diet significantly reduced levels of the food packaging chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in children and adults.
Lead author Ruthann Rudel, who is a research director at the Silent Spring Institute, told the press that:
“The study provides compelling evidence that removing BPA and DEHP from food packaging would substantially reduce exposures for adults and children.”
“The good news is that now we know how much food packaging contributes to our overall exposure to BPA and DEHP, and we know how to significantly reduce exposures, both on a personal and societal level,” she added.
BPA and DEHP, high-production-volume chemicals used in plastics and resins for food packaging, have been linked to hormone disruption in animals and also in some human studies, wrote the authors. However, no studies have tried to quantify the impact of diet to exposure in humans, they noted.