Chemical Fluorine Found In Fast Food: What Is It And Why Is It Bad For You?

SAMUEL BUTLER | February 3, 2017

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As if excessive sodium and sugar content is not enough, a new study offers another reason why fast food is bad for your health. Scientists from Silent Spring Institute conducted a thorough evaluation of how pervasive fluorinated compounds are in fast food wrappers in the United States and which types of packaging have them. Unsurprisingly, at least one-third of fast food packaging samples tested positive. The chemicals in question are fluorinated compounds, otherwise known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).

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