In the previous blog article (Part 1), I talked about what xenoestrogens are and where you find them, and I highlighted one of the most prevalent xenoestrogen in our daily lives – Bisphenol A (BPA). Now let’s learn about two more common xenoestrogens: phthalates and parabens, plus easily adoptable suggestions for reducing your exposure.
Phthalates: A second xenoestrogen called phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible or resilient. Phthalates are found in:
• Children’s items, such as plastic/squishy toys, infant chew rings and teethers
• Food packaging
• Hoses and PVC pipe
• Raincoats, shower curtains and vinyl flooring
• Faux leather handbags
• Nail polish and nail polish remover
• Hair spray, shampoo and cosmetics
• IV bags and tubing
• Adhesives and lubricants
Who wants their baby chewing on a squishy, phthalate-laden toy? I sure don’t!
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