Kids’ Health At Risk Due To Chemicals From Processed Foods & Packaging – Recommendations


The American Academy of Pediatricians asks for stricter testing of thousands of food additives.

The AAP recommends that families avoid processed foods, and instead choose fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, also seeking out alternatives to plastic.

AAP releases a policy statement and technical report 

In a recent policy statement and technical report, the AAP is demanding stricter regulation of the more than 10,000 additives (colorings, flavorings and chemicals) that are currently approved for use in processed foods and food packaging.

The organization writes that the current evaluation process is out of step with the body of evidence that has been documenting the massive impact of the chemicals including bisphenols (used to line cans), nitrates and nitrites (used as a colouring and to prolong shelf life) and phthalates (used in plastic containers as a softening agent) on human health.

Children are the most exposed 

Children are the ones who are the most exposed to adverse health effects. Dr. Leonardo Trasande, the lead author of the statement and report, discussed the matter with CNN.

“Pound for pound, children eat more food and therefore have a higher level of exposure compared to us adults,” he said.

“Also, their developing organ systems are uniquely vulnerable. There can be major disruptions in various endocrine functions that can manifest not only in early childhood but potentially in later life as a result of prenatal or infant exposure,” Trasande continued to explain.

Viable recommendations

Some viable recommendations include using wax paper instead of plastic wraps, and also limiting the consumption of canned food whenever it’s possible.

The report’s authors also advise people to use alternatives to plastic such as glass or stainless steel.

If you do want to still use plastic containers, you have to make sure that you hand-wash them and avoid using them to microwave food and beverages as well.

The AAP also recommends referring to the recycling symbols on the bottom of plastic containers to determine the type: “Avoid plastics with recycling codes 3 (phthalates), 6 (styrene), and 7 (bisphenols) unless plastics are labelled as ‘biobased’ or ‘greenware,’ indicating that they are made from corn and do not contain bisphenols.”


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