Common foods linked to high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals in the body

By EHN Curators | Environmental Health News | July 5, 2024

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"New research reveals a significant association between the consumption of certain common foods and increased levels of harmful PFAS chemicals in the human body.

Tom Perkins reports for The Guardian.

In short:

  • A study of 3,000 pregnant women found high PFAS levels in those consuming more white rice, coffee, eggs, seafood and red meat.
  • PFAS, known as "forever chemicals," are linked to severe health issues, including cancer and birth defects, and do not naturally break down.
  • Regulators have focused on water contamination, but this study highlights food as a significant exposure route.

Key quote:

"The results definitely point toward the need for environmental stewardship, and keeping PFAS out of the environment and food chain."

— Megan Romano, Dartmouth researcher and lead study author"