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Phthalates were 35% higher in participants who had eaten out the previous day compared with those who ate at home.
Phthalates are ubiquitous in plastic products yet I have not phthalates listed on consumer product labels. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it is required to be listed.
In 2013, a randomized trial with five families that involved dietary replacement with organic foods that lacked plastic packaging found that phthalates increased 2000% during the trial because the chemical was found in organic imported spices and dairy products.
Other studies have found that phthalates are excreted through sweat suggesting that forced perspiration such as from exercise and/or using a sauna or other types of heat stress may be a good way to eliminate these potentially harmful compounds.
Link to 2013 phthalate trial: https://www.nature.com/articles/jes20139
One excretion study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3504417/