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What You Need to Know About Your Favorite Snack Foods

What you need to know about your favorite snack foods

EWG Posts Findings of Parabens in popular Snack Foods

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit public health organization, recently published a study detailing the endocrine-disrupting risks associated with foods containing the preservative propyl paraben.

Parabens have been in use since the 1950s to prevent bacteria/fungus growth, and are widely used as preservatives in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food products. They are commonly found in such everyday items as shampoos, deodorants, moisturizers, shaving gels, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup and toothpaste—as well as some 90 percent of typical grocery items. For example, EWG’s findings reveal that this preservative is included in many of the snack foods we consume. No wonder that even those who steer clear of potentially harmful personal care products may also carry parabens around in their bloodstreams.

“The largest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity,” reports the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC). “Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells.” Research has shown that the perceived influx of estrogen beyond normal levels can in some cases trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors.

Interestingly, propyl paraben was banned in food sold in the European Union after researchers found that parabens affected sex hormones and sperm counts in young rats.

EWG – Pastries Could Lower Your Fertility
EWG – Propyl Paraben
Wikipedia – Parabens
Scientific American – Parabens in Beauty Products
Paraben Endocrine Disruptors

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Christy Owens
Christy Owens
8 years ago

Love the great info that EWG provides!

Linda Gilbert
Linda Gilbert
8 years ago

Thanks for this …we need to share and share this info. Think how many we could reach if each one shared it just once!

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
6 years ago

Ugh, why does the US allow so many toxic substances to be LEGAL?!