Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are plasticisers used to make food packaging, tubing for cheeses and sausages, and fast food containers.

All of them have been linked to metabolic disruption and weight gain.

A survey involving 9000 participants suggests that those who ate the most fast food had phthalate levels up to 40% higher. Another good reason to stay away from junk-food.

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