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According to Bloomberg News, data from federal nutrition surveys revealed that people who have consumed fast food in the last 24 hours may have elevated levels of certain industrial chemicals in their bodies. These chemicals, called phthlates, have been shown to disrupt the male reproductive system in rats, and there is evidence that a similar effect could occur in humans.

The data also showed that fast food was a significant source of phthlates, and that the chemicals may leach into food from machinery used in processing or packaging or from gloves worn by workers.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-13/fast-food-eaters-have-more-industrial-chemicals-in-their-bodies



A study published in the British Medical Journal found that consuming too much vegetable oil may increase the risk of heart disease rather than decrease it. The research re-evaluated experiments conducted between 1968 and 1973 that suggested that vegetable oil helped to protect the heart from the damage that animal fats were thought to do. It was discovered that only part of the trial’s results were published, particularly contrary data that suggested that vegetable fats did not protect the heart when they replaced animal fats.

http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1246


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