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Avoiding Chemicals in Foods Proves Difficult

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Even though "there's likely contamination higher up in the food chain, in growing and processing the food, there are still lots of things you can do to reduce your exposure," Sathyanarayana said. These steps include avoiding plastics that could contain phthalates and BPA, storing food in glass containers and not heating foods in plastic containers.

"The same advice that your doctor gives you to eat a low-fat diet, less processed foods and more fruits and vegetables will probably also reduce your consumption of phthalates," Janssen said.

More information

You can find out more about phthalates, BPA and other chemicals at the Natural Resources Defense Council Chemical Index.

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