What Diet Best Lowers Phthalate Exposure?


“What Diet Best Lowers
Phthalate Exposure?” Phthalates are hormone-
disrupting chemicals linked to a number of
adverse health effects, such as disturbing infant
and child development and in adults may affect
reproductive health in men, endometriosis in women, and is associated with increased
abdominal fat in both. Given the increasing
evidence base linking phthalate exposure
with harmful outcomes, it is important to understand
major sources of exposure. The most major of
which is diet, for if you take people and
have them stop eating for a few days, you get
a significant drop in the amount of phthlates
spilling out into their urine. One can only fast
for so long though. Thankfully we can
see similar drops just eating a plant-based
diet for a few days, which gives
us a clue as to where most
phthalates are found. The highest levels
are found in meats, fats,
and dairy. Poultry consistently
comes out as being most contaminated
across the board, with some of the highest
levels ever reported, though there are
geographic exceptions. In the UK, fish
came out worse. And in Belgium, nothing appears
to beat out reindeer meat. In the U.S., though,
it’s poultry. The finding that egg
consumption is also significantly associated
with phthalate levels suggests that chickens themselves
may be contaminated and it’s not just
like the plastic they’re wrapped with
in the store. The same might not
be true with dairy, though. Realizing that these
chemicals may be harmful, researchers in Seattle
took ten families and randomized them into
five days of complete dietary replacement with fresh organic foods,
no packaging, nothing touched plastic, organic milk
delivered in glass. Even the crates to
carry the food were wood instead
of plastic. This was like the
fasting study, to see what role
eliminating processed foods would have on lowering
phthalate levels, because not everyone
wants to switch to a plant-based diet
or stop eating completely. Here’s where the
families started at baseline before changing their diet. And here’s where they ended up,
a week after the experiment, when they were back on
their baseline diet. The question, is what
happened in the middle? Eating fresh and organic, their phthalate levels
went up. A dramatic and
unexpected increase in one of the most
toxic phthalates. And not just a little,
like 2000% increase. So they tested
all the foods and one of the spices was
off the chart, and so was the dairy, because most of
the phthalates apparently don’t come
from the cow, they come from
the tubing. If you milk a
cow by hand, which even the Amish
don’t do anymore, the levels of phthalates
in the milk are low, but if you milk the
same cows by machine, the milk picks up
phthalates from the tubing, and so the final levels
may depend more on the tubing than
on what the cows are fed. Whereas we’re
not sure where the chickens
are getting it. This study was done
on adults. More recently we learned
where our kids may be getting
it from. They found pretty much
the same thing- mostly meat, poultry,
and fish. And again, poultry appeared
to be the worst, while soy consumption
was associated with significantly
lower levels. But what kind of exposure
are we talking about? They calculated what may
be typical exposures for infants, teens,
and women. How does this compare
with current guidelines? The EPA’s reference dose, which is like the maximum
acceptable threshold is 20 based on
liver risk. Europe places their
maximum daily intake for testicular
toxicity at 50. So a typical infant diet
exceeds the EPA’s safety level, while a diet high
in meat and dairy was approximately four
times this threshhold. For adolescents, a diet
high in meat and dairy also exceeded the
EPA’s reference dose. Diets high in meat
and dairy consumption resulted in a two-fold
increase in exposure. And all diets
from all groups exceeded the allowable
daily intakes derived by the US Consumer
Product & Safety Commission for problems with
sperm production, while diets high in meat
and dairy consumption may exceed the
allowable intake for risk of reproductive
birth defects as well.

38 thoughts on “What Diet Best Lowers Phthalate Exposure?

  1. cojld you please fo a series on the cancer risk of button mushrooms or which domesticated ones are the safest to eat? there ixnt a lot of info out there

  2. Love your videos despite being a meat eater.

    This does not explain why the organic milking tubes would have higher phthalates than the non-organic milk they were normally consuming?

  3. Without watching the video, let me just assume the answer to the title: a whole foods plant based diet 🙂
    Let me watch it just in case though…

  4. Meat eaters 100 years ago did not have problems and lived long. Now people do not respect anything and contaminate everything from plants and animals and in turn contaminate people. Avoidance is not the issue since the contaminats get moves around in other ways. Even vegans can not avoid the contaminents and everyone gets it to a degree but meat eaters get it more, BUT some also increases their nutrients even more which helps them the toxins. In short everyone will get hurt sooner or later if it be by water, air, or soil.

  5. Knew that this was going to be another 'meat is bad and plant based is great' video. What vegans don't tell you is that plant based foods, like legumes, will give many users stomach problems. This is not true for all vegans, but not all meat eaters have poor health either. Many bad things accumulate over time so before declaring the vegan diet winner you need to follow generation after generation instead of just taking blood samples a few months a part.

    Furthermore, a ten units sample is a really small sample and you want your samples to be higher than that.

  6. and people will still eat that SHITTY meat dairy eggs after seeing this, pathetic people , then wonder why they get sick.

  7. If you want to reduce your exposure to chemicals including phthalates, don't use or be careful how you apply your fragrance, I.e., don't spray it on skin.Fragrances commonly contain parabens, phthalates, and synthetic musks that may cause hormone disruption, reproductive problems, or possibly cancer.

  8. Locally source all your meats, poultry, fish, & dairy and keep a watchful eye on packaged fruits, vegetables, and of course… bottled water.

  9. I'm guessing chickens (and other animals) may be getting phthalate from contaminated groundwater? (Which, most groundwater is these days.)

  10. Gosh,……. how many more reason do meat eater need to stop swallowing dead animals and their bodily fluids? meat is TOXIC, it stinks to high heaven!

    Here is a SMALL list of the  awesome diseases and syndromes  that are now scientifically associated with eating Animal products: ALL types of Cancer, Diabetes, Strokes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Gallstones, and Ulcerative Colitis, Asthma, Inflammary Bowel disease, Heart Disease, Parkinson's disease, Hemorrhoids , Dementia , Collibacillosis (E. coli infection), Helicobacter pylori Infestations (which also causes peptic ulcers by damaging the lining of the stomach and small intestine),  Alzheimer disease, Gout, Prostate Enlargement and Incontinence ( aka peeing on yourself), Mad Cow (aka Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease), Atrial Fibrillation ,Calcification of the pineal gland, Leaky Gut Syndrome, MRSA  Bloodstream Infection, Kidney Failure,
    Varicose Veins,  Clostridium Difficile Infection, Fibromyalgia , Constipation, Erectile Dysfunction  and other autoimmune disorders… 
    "Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal."    ~ Ingrid Newkirk

  11. One sure reality is that removing plastics & chemicals from our lives is impossible. If its not the plastic, its the can, or the box, or the paper, or the package, or the water, or the air, or the dirt… it always going to be something.

    Still, I applaud the good doc for bringing the science to our attention. Nothing changes over night, so the aspiration is that more of us get on board and demand healthier food, food prep, and a healthier environment.

  12. We've known for quite some time the harmful effects of hormone disrupting plastics and other chemicals. Skin/hair care products and sunscreen have a lot of these chemicals in them as well. Meat and dairy are concentrated source of a lot of environmental toxins. Invest in some glass and store your beverages and things in it. I would like to know why coriander was so high though because I love that spice and it is a big ingredient in delicious Indian cooking.

  13. It pisses me off I grew up on meat, dairy and eggs as I was told I needed them to grow and they were healthy. Whatever… I guess, shit happens.

  14. That does it, no more eggs as a meal item for me. I will still use them sparingly, along with evaporated milk for cooking, that's all. The coriander issue has me curious also. Will look into that. Thank you.

  15. Could you do a video on diet after gallbladder removal? My boyfriend has a sarcoma and has just had his gallbladder removed after finding several stones. I bought a book on life after gallbladder surgery and the book recommended butter and bacon 😐 needless to say it's in the bin now. Would appreciate your professional advice!

  16. Thank you Dr. Greger for your videos. Your statements about chicken consistently testing highest in phthalates kept gnawing at me as to WHY. After pondering it for about a week, something dawned on me. Since the States banned treating hens with hormones, might the chicken feed be spiked with phthalates to make the hens grow bigger?

  17. WTF? Why did you ignore and pass by the offending ground coriander? It was not only off the charts with Phthalates, but is relevant to the target audience, ie those already on whole plant based diets! Please don't mealy-mouth words of great relevance, to do so is to invite honest criticism.

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