It seems like every other week, we are fed a new danger for consuming fast food. Watch out for the processed meats! Those high calorie fries will kill you! And, oh my god, those desserts will turn you into a mutant! But in all seriousness, a new study does show that these meals from our favorite fast food joints contain some not-so-welcoming ingredients that we're ingesting -- toxicperfluoroalkyls. Which is just a big fancy word for the protective stuff on the food wrappers that keep that grease (which is also causing you to have a long, slow, and painful death by the way) from oozing out.
These synthetic chemicals repel oil, grease, and water, which kind of sucks for us because, you know, the whole "our bodies are made up of two-thirds water" thing. Scientists from the University of Toronto conducted research and found these chemicals in human blood, urine, and feces. After surveying rats who had been exposed to such, the always bearers of good news concluded that it's pretty damn unhealthy for you, causing not-so-lovely things such as serious weight changes in organs and similar chemicals having intense, life-altering effects such as thyroid disease, cancer, and infertility.
Now, I'd like to think that my immune system is slightly stronger than that of a small rodent's, so am I going to let this news keep me from my monthly indulgence of McDonald's fries? Heck no. Some days a gal just needs her fatty comfort foods. And in my mind, unless we all lived in bubbles, there's no way we can completely escape chemicals, so until I get to the point in my life where I'm trying to procreate, I'm going to take this news with a grain of salt. On my fries.
What do you think of this study? Will it keep you from eating fast food or reduce how much you consume?
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