Microwave Popcorn : Perfluoroalkyls May Be Contaminating Your Blood

Perfluoroalkyls can be sub divided into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). These mind boggling names could literally be doing just that, boggling your mind AND your body. Usually the problem with chemicals ingested through food stem from the deliberate addition of these into the foods themselves, however in perfluoroalkyls case the chemicals actually contaminate the food during cooking. PFOA and PFOS have been arising in peoples blood tests, and there have been some correlation between high levels of this substance and peoples ingestion of microwavable popcorn. PFOA and PFOS are used to line the bags of microwavable popcorn in order to stop grease from leaking through the wrappers. Consequently perfluoroalkyls leach from the bag and into the popcorn itself, and regular ingestion of such chemicals can increase the risk of developmental and reproductive problems in humans!


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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