Study Finds Chances of Miscarriage Increase 80% From Foods Heated in Plastic

A study has found that pregnant women who consume food which has been heated in plastic containers have an 80% higher chance of miscarriage. Laura Donnelly of the Telegraph writes that the study was conducted at Stanford University, and featured 114 women. Women with high concentrations of the chemical were 80% more likely to miscarry than women with low to normal levels. Lead author Dr. Ruth Lathi comments that the research is important given the frequency of miscarriage in pregnancy, and the ubiquitous nature of endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A which leach from heated plastics. Writes Donnelly:

 

Earlier this year the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists issued advice that pregnant women should "play it safe" and try to limit exposure to many chemicals found in plastics, because they said it would take years to properly assess the risks of exposure.

The scientists behind the study have echoed this sentiment, saying that while it is impossible to avoid all bisphenol A due to its presence in many consumer goods, those wishing to conceive should avoid it when possible. For more information on the study and its implications for science and consumers, please see the original article here.

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