Free cancer at the most popular fast foods !

by pascaleworld on February 11, 2017 - 8:03pm

Multiple individuals have lost family members, friends, relatives due to cancer. It has touched many people and many factors in today's society raise the risk of having cancer. Even our food has become a risk factor according to Ben Tinker. In his new article "Report finds chemicals in one-third of fast food packaging", published on the first of February 2017 on CNN's website, Tinker wants to increase the awareness of the amount of chemicals found in the food we eat. I believe it is extremely important to know this since I know two relatives who have cancer. The first one is my friend that I have known since I was born, she has cancer to her thyroid gland. My grandmother is the second one, she has the same cancer. They both were operated and should be fine, but unlike me, my friend's uncle is in a terminal phase of cancer and will die. Ben Tinker has a lot of experience on health articles, he has published multiple times on them and is the supervising producer at CCN Health. He obtained degrees in Journalism and Psychology at New-York University and obtained an award with his team for a medical marijuana report.


In a recent study, researchers discovered that one-third of the food packaging in fast foods contain chemicals such as fluorine and FPASs. These can be found in clothes, in cosmetics, furnitures and other products. Fluorine is a toxic and corrosive gas when combined with other minerals. There properties are usually water-repellant and non-stick, in other words to repel water and to make sure the products don't stick. In addition, some of these substances are associated with many types of cancer including thyroid problems and affecting the immune system of children. The thyroid gland is responsible for many functions in the body including breathing, heart rate, body temperature and many more. Cancer is cells who didn't grow correctly and spread among the body. It also decreases fertility, elevates cholesterol and changes in hormonal functioning. Unfortunaly, fast food products are used daily by consumers, raising the exposition to these chemicals. Dessert and bread wrappers are the ones who contain the most fluorine with 56%. Milk and juice containers also have 16% of fluorine, 36% for the burger and sandwich wrappers, 57% for the Tex-Mex contact paper and 20% for the paperboard. Ben Tinker also explains it is hard to avoid these products as you always receive them when you go eat fast food. Consumers can always ask for paper cup or noncontact paper bag that contains no fluorine. Ben Tinker then proceeds to quote one of the researchers in the study, Laurel Schaider, who explains we should pressure the fast food to change their packaging and encourages everyone to to cook more for themselves at home since it is more healthy. Signs in 2014 and 2015 already showed good results with fluorochemical-free products.


I believe anyone can help by simply cooking at homes just like the researcher suggests. Busy individuals can also avoid going to fast food by preparing a lunch at home before going to work.


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I am a student at College Champlain, Saint-Lambert. I am currently in the psychology program and intend to continue my studies in University.