Widespread demand from consumers for plastic products without harmful chemicals, especially endocrine disruptive chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) has led to some positive changes in the way how the packages of food, drinks, and water are made. But a new study from Germany discovered that thousands of potentially harmful chemicals seep from plastic products in food and beverage, including a disruptive chemical endocrine (CPE) known as dietilhexil, or DEHF, which is the total unregulated.
Martin Wagner and his colleague, Jorg Oehlmann, Goethe University in Frankfurt, along with a team of researchers from the Federal Institute of hydrology, learned this after conducting tests on 18 products with bottled water, searching for this various CPE.
Using a combination of bio evaluation and advanced mass spectrometry for high-resolution, the team has identified approximately 24 520 different chemicals present in the water tested. But the major reason for concern and the discovery of the basis of the study was DEHF, a plasticizer chemical that is used to make plastic bottles more flexible.
According to reports, DEHF has been clearly identified in the water tested as the most consistent and evidently guilty of anti-estrogena activity. Despite the traces of more than 24 000 of other potentially harmful chemicals, DEHF came out in evidence that this unique CPE inducing specific activity observed, an observation of large concern.
The published summary of the study explains the fact that the 13 of the 18 of bottled water products that have been tested have presented the activity of anti-estrogena ‘ significant ‘, while 16 of the 18 samples were found that inhibiting the androgen receptors of the body with an amazing percentage of 90%.
In addition, other chemicals in quantities of 24 520 lowercase except for DEHF and they were identified as presenting antagonist activity, which means that they are damaging the hormonal system.
Many thousands of endocrine disruptive chemicals used in manufacturing plastic proved unsafe for health.
But it seems that DEHF is not the only one that causes damage to the endocrine system, because the team has not been able to identify it as meaning specifically anti-androgen.
This situation suggests that there is still a chemical or a combination of substances that pervade bottled water and interfere with the biochemical signaling system of the body, which is, of course, responsible for hormone production and their use in the body.
‘We have confirmed the identity of the biological activity of DEHF and additional isomers of dioctyl fumarate and malate, using authentic ‘ standards, researchers report. ‘ As DEHF is anti-estrogen, but not anti-androgen, we conclude that an additional committee must contribute to the effect of an antagonist of bottled water.
Although these specific findings regarding DEHF are TrailBlazer new perspectives, general conclusion what should draw from these researches is that many studies are necessary to determine the types of chemicals that end up in the plastic bottled water, our food, without being able to mention the extent of such infiltration. And because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-Environmental Protection Agency), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA-U.S. food and Medicines) and the rest of the Government agencies certainly will not get to perform these important research, is simple-the science will have to independently assume this task.
This work is a ‘ tour de force ‘ in identifying perturbation of the endocrine disruptors from packaged materials ‘ says Bruce Blumberg of the University of California, Irvine, as he is quoted in the Chemistry World/the world of chemistry.
This type of analysis added he, ‘ it will be very important in understanding the future identification of chemicals to which we are exposed routinely, and which of them pose risks being endocrine disruptive ‘.
Thus, consumers are aware and can avoid plastic containers whenever possible and only use glass or steel containers instead of plastic to avoid these risks.