New report raising questions about chemicals found in foods
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new report is raising questions about chemicals found in foods.
The report--funded by four advocacy groups--says common chemicals known as phthalates are found in some macaroni and cheese and other cheese products.
Phthalates are used to make plastics soft and can get into food during packaging and processing.
They can disrupt the hormones in the body, and could affect the developing brains of children.
"The findings are not surprising or inconsistent, unfortunately, with increasing literature that has documented phthalates easily getting into and staying in especially dairy products," said Dr. Leonardo Trasande, with NYU Langone Medical Center.
While it's difficult to avoid phthalates, Dr. Trasande says you can take simple steps to reduce your exposure, such as eating fresh foods, to avoid packaging.