Recall my recent post, BPA-Free Label May Be Meaningless. Well, it’s not looking good for phthalate-free labels either. BPA and phalates are endocrine disruptors. Turns out their “safe” replacements are also.
A new study out of McGill University…
Is Phthalate Alternative Really Safe?, McGill University Press Release, 17 June 2015
… tested a commonly used phthalate alternative, DINCH, on rat tissue, and:
“This is the first study to show a biological disruptive effect of the plasticizer DINCH and its metabolites on the metabolism in mammals,” states study lead author, Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos.
The action of DINCH was found to be particularly similar to a type of phthalate known as DEHP, a group of chemicals whose use in Canada and the US was restricted to small amounts in all children’s products 2011, at the same time as the EU began phasing out their use.
“We were surprised by these findings since DINCH was supposed to be a trusted plasticizer devoid of phthalate effects,” says Dr. Papadopoulos. “The fact that MINCH can affect metabolism, which is a major regulator system of our body, is concerning.”
An endocrine disruptor can cause you to put on fat when you’re not overeating. It can give you high blood glucose readings and increase your risk for diabetes. It can make it difficult to conceive. It can do this because it disrupts the action of naturally-occurring hormones.
Look at this:
DINCH has been promoted by industry has as a safe alternative to phthalate plasticizers, despite there being no publicly available peer-reviewed data on its toxicology.
We have been taking the word of the manufacturers of these chemicals that they have passed safety tests with flying colors. But when an independent researcher does the tests, the colors do not fly.