After analyzing the results, the team found those who ate meals at home had significantly lower levels of PFAS in their bodies, while those who ate more fast food and at restaurants had higher levels of it.
"This is the first study to observe a link between different sources of food and PFAS exposures in the U.S. population," co-author Laurel Schaider said in a statement. "Our results suggest migration of PFAS chemicals from food packaging into food can be an important source of exposure to these chemicals."
This isn’t the first study that has assessed the downside of dining out and fast food.
In 2018, researchers from George Washington University and the University of California Berkeley at San Francisco said those who regularly ate at restaurants, cafeterias and fast food places had more harmful chemicals in their bodies, compared to those who ate at home.
The Silent Spring analysts said, “The general conclusion here is the less contact your food has with food packaging, the lower your exposures to PFAS and other harmful chemicals.”
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