Eating fast food could cause infertility in men, new study says

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Feeling peckish? If you're trying to conceive, skip the fast food

If you’re trying to conceive, maybe you should think twice before buying yourself a Big Mac. A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found a link between fast food consumption and phthalates, a chemical compound that’s been linked with diabetes, cancer, and—wait for it—infertility in men.

Eating fast food could cause infertility in men

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As part of the National Health Nutrition Survey, 8,877 participants were asked by the researchers from George Washington University about their fast food consumption in the past 24 hours. The results showed that people who reported consuming fast food registered 23.8% and 39% higher levels of phthalates.

It’s not just your burger that’s the problem. It’s how it’s prepared and packaged.

Phthalates are man-made industrial chemicals commonly used in plastics and soaps. How did they get in your fast food? More contact with plastic machinery increases the likelihood of your food getting contaminated with phthalates.

It’s time to change your eating habits! Click to read more about the study.

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