New Culprit in Teen Diabetes? Food Packaging
But findings on BPA and DEHP not conclusive
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2013 11:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – It might not just be the foods teens are eating that lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes, but the wrappers and cans they come in, two studies published recently in Pediatrics suggest. In one, researchers found that higher levels of DEHP, a phthalate found in processed foods, their packaging, medical equipment, and other products, correlated strongly with greater insulin resistance, a key precursor to diabetes. The other linked the infamous-yet-ubiquitous BPA with obesity, LiveScience reports.

The DEHP link held true even after correcting for things like economic status, ethnicity, and glucose levels. "While dietary sources are likely to be the chief source of exposure, given the uses of DEHP in other products, we cannot rule out nondietary sources," researchers wrote, according to Fast Company. But both teams added that their results didn't prove causation, and one doctor commenting on the study complained that they relied on urine analysis, which isn't necessarily indicative of how much of the chemicals remained in the blood.

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Aug 21, 2013 9:29 PM CDT
And our thanks go to Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and Dupont for making disposable packaging that leach these chemicals into our food supply......remember glass returnable bottles and jugs. wax paper and cardboard. and it was all recyclable
Aug 21, 2013 7:49 AM CDT
What now? Slap on tough Quality Assurance laws on packaging of food products along with a tax to cover it and higher prices or just dont eat or drink anything. What a joke.It goes to show you anything man made will kill you
Aug 20, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
Instead of teaching self esteem courses in school, maybe they should try home economics and learn to cook instead of eating out of bags and cans.