We all know that cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and the like are not good for your diet. Up until now, we’ve thought that the food inside the wrapper was the worst part – and it still is, but new research has proven that the wrapper, used to contain the grease in the sandwich and keep it from spilling out, is equally hazardous to your health.
The wrappers are coated with Perfluoroalkyls – stable chemicals that work to repel grease, oil and water. They are most commonly used as coatings for packages and to protect surfaces – and to coat fast food wrappers. These chemicals are being ingested by people through their food and showing up in high concentrations in their blood.
The specific chemicals studied were polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters (PAPs), which are the breakdown products of the perfluorinated carboxylic acids used to coat the paper wrappers. These chemicals belong to the group commonly called “gender bending” chemicals because they have shown to be disruptive to the endocrine system and can negatively affect the sex hormones.