Plastic also bad for the weight
Preferring tap water rather than bottled water is not only good for the environment. Against all expectations, we have just discovered that plastic can also contribute to weight gain. Its compounds can indeed disrupt our metabolism.
We already knew that plastic interfered with fertility. Phthalates, which are found in all our everyday objects, in fact decrease the production of testosterone in men, the hormone that stimulates the production of spermatozoa. We now learn that plastic also does… grow!
This is the very surprising conclusion of a scientific study conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in partnership with Goethe University Frankfurt. Yoghurt pots, water bottles, kitchen sponges… In total, 34 everyday objects have been put under the microscope. No less than 55,000 chemical components have been studied. Eleven of the 629 substances identified are suspected of disrupting our metabolism. Worse, they can be a factor in overweight and obesity. The researchers found that the chemicals in a quarter of the plastic products in this study contributed to the development of cells that are responsible for storing lipids. In their presence, the cells become adipose and accumulate more fat.
More worryingly, plastic objects can also contain chemicals that have not yet been identified as a problem and which can nevertheless lead to weight gain.
We know that the substances contained in plastic can migrate to food. This observation is all the more true when the container is heated. Food wrapped in plastic should be packaged this way for the shortest possible time.