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Pediatricians warn against chemical additives in food for kids

Because children have a lower body weight, they are particularly susceptible to possible toxins

6:15pm, July 23, 2018
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CHEMICALS FOR LUNCH  When heated, plastic containers can leach chemicals that may be harmful to children into food, scientists say.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is cautioning parents and pediatricians to avoid exposing children to eight chemicals found in food and in plastic packaging. The chemicals may be especially harmful to kids due to their small size, says the report published July 23 in Pediatrics. Pregnant women should also avoid the chemicals. And lower-income families who eat a lot of prepackaged foods could be at greater risk for exposure.

The chemicals include nitrates and nitrites, often added to processed meats as a preservative, as well as bisphenol A, or BPA, which is used to make durable plastics and has been linked to cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease (SN: 10/3/15, p. 12). Also listed are phthalates, which help make plastic flexible, and perfluoroalkyl

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