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The chemicals in your mac and cheese

The chemicals, called phthalates, can disrupt male hormones like testosterone

Roni Caryn Rabin | NYT 

Potentially harmful chemicals that were banned from children’s teething rings and rubber duck toys a decade ago may still be present in high concentrations in your child’s favourite meal: macaroni and cheese mixes made with powdered cheese. The chemicals, called phthalates, can disrupt male hormones like testosterone and have been linked to genital birth defects in infant boys and learning and behaviour problems in older children. The chemicals migrate into food from packaging and equipment used in manufacturing and may pose special risks to pregnant women and young ...

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 23:30 IST
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