Monday, April 02, 2018

Why dining out and fast food could cause higher cancer risks than home cooking

I came across an interesting article written by Najja Parker, entitled, “Why dining out and fast food could cause higher cancer risks than home cooking.” The author points out how many Americans prefer dining out than preparing their own food at home. Citing research, she outlines how the risk for developing some diseases (including cancer) increases if we eat too much restaurant and fast foods.

The research in question examined the benefits and hazards of eating out. It looked at the “links between what people ate and the levels of phthalate break-down products found in the participants’ urine samples.” Just in case you didn’t know, “phthalates are used to make a range of plastics, nail polishes and moisturizers, [and] have been linked to breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and fertility issues.” The results found that “the levels of chemicals were 35 percent higher in those who regularly ate at restaurants, cafeterias and fast food places.” Also, they “discovered that individuals who ate cheeseburgers and other fast food sandwiches had phthalates levels 30 percent higher than those who did not eat them.” Last, the “study suggests food prepared at home is less likely to contain high levels of phthalates, chemicals linked to fertility problems, pregnancy complications and other health issues.”

In essence, eating junk food can contribute to a plethora of health issues. What a revelation! I am sure that we all believe that restaurants and fast food joints have our health at heart (sarcasm intended)! So why isn't this “revelation” on the front page of newspapers and the lead story of newscasts? The answer is rather simple: The food producing and fast food joint conglomerates control the media! So, rather conveniently, such stories are buried amongst other news. As a consequence, people just don’t see the truth about poisons that they unknowingly ingest. If they are aware and continue to consume the toxins, it is likely that their brains have been fried to the point where they have become puppets. So no matter the scenario, we are certainly right to blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin