What chemicals are unknowingly inside you?
In a recent study, researchers checked children’s blood levels after the use of personal care products with the preservative probyl paraben in them. Not surprisingly, levels of the paraben were found in their blood work. However, the real question is, what happens when paraben gets inside your body?
Upon a closer look, the scientists found a link between the paraben levels and kids with allergies. The study reported that “children with the highest levels of the preservative propyl paraben had more than twice the risk of environmental allergies as those with the lowest levels.” The results do not prove the preservative causes allergies; however, it does indicate that the chemical may negatively affect the immune system.
This study focused just on the ingestion of the preservative via personal care products like mouthwash and toothpaste. Unfortunately, though, this preservative is found in more than just personal care products. It is also routinely used in food products to prevent fungi growth, so that packaged, convenience food lasts longer.
Now, imagine what the study would have found if it looked at the consumption of this preservative in food and its effect on the test subjects. For instance, a study from earlier this year found paraben levels in tumors of all its breast cancer patients.
In short, parabens are linked with negative health effects, and more studies need to be done before one can undeniably say they are safe. Until then, why risk consuming the preservative that is in question? This further proves why we need to eat real food, free from chemicals and preservatives.
Real food is just that: food, with no strings attached.