We all love our comfort foods like pizza and popcorn. We know that we are not supposed to eat these comfort foods in large quantities because they are not always the best food for us to frequently eat. What many people don’t know is that the box that your pizza is in or the bag that you just microwaved your popcorn in, are very unsafe due to a number of chemicals that are used in their production.
The problem with pizza boxes is that there are a number of chemicals that are designed to prevent grease from being able to soak through the box. These PFSA’s, also known as perfluorinated chemicals, are a waterproof substance that are not only used on pizza boxes but also frying pans, jackets and more. A group of scientists from Madrid explained in their article “The Madrid Statement”, that these chemicals are not only bad for our health but also for the environment.
FreedomPop says that the inside of popcorn bags are lined with the same chemicals. This prevents grease or butter from leaking to the outside of the bag and it protects the popcorn during the popping process. The C8 that is emitted has been linked to high cholesterol, colitis, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and pregnancy induced hypertension. It is expected that the United States will phase out many of these chemicals by the end of the year, but in the meantime it is ideal to stay away from these types of products.