Last Updated on February 8, 2019
Today, we reveal the toxins that keep hiding beyond your grocery stores.
Following many years of research associating environmental toxins with cancer, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) discovered multiple carcinogens that lurk in everyday products, such as cosmetics, furniture, and packaging.
In fact, it only makes sense to start reducing your exposure to the products that are most dangerous.
Check out this list of the top 10 cancer-causing chemicals and know their effects, where to find, and how to avoid them
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1- Bisphenol A (BPA)
BPA is a chemical used in the plastic lining of beverage and food containers and it has been associated with many types of cancer.
Although some of the biggest companies are prohibiting the use of BPA in the packaging, this chemical is still included in plastics which are marked recycling 7 and PC.
You need to avoid such products and try to replace your canned food with fresh goodies.
Atrazine is the most commonly used herbicides in the United States.
According to research by the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Atrazine has found its way into over 80% of drinking water nationwide.
You should always filter your tap water in order to protect your health and avoid this potential carcinogen.
3- Organophosphate Pesticides
Some of the major food corporations, such as Monsanto, are using organophosphates to damage the nervous system of pests.
But the problem is that it’s also harmful to humans.
To protect yourself, you need to purchase only organic products and avoid the ones that could be contaminated with pesticide residue.
4- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
DBP has been restricted from use in almost all personal care products, such as perfumes and nail polishes, as it has been associated with both cancer and infertility.
However, this dangerous chemical is still used is some flexible plastics such as raincoats and shower curtains.
The best thing you can do is to opt for natural alternatives or soft plastics.
Lead is a chemical that can be mostly found in paints and pencils.
It damages nearly all the human body systems and is especially dangerous for kids.
You need to be very careful when you’re taking old paint off the walls because it could still contain remains of the harmful chemical.
Mercury consumption is especially risky during pregnancy. However, it’s necessary to monitor your intake levels.
You should keep in check your intakes of large fish, such as swordfish and tuna.
These two kinds of fish are the ones that often have extreme mercury buildup into their system.
PDCs are chemicals that can be found in grease and stain repellent coatings.
The Environmental Working Group recommends staying away from pre-treated furniture and carpets that have been exposed to repellents.
Phthalates are frequently used in perfumes in order to make them stick to your skin for longer periods.
These chemicals are extremely harmful to your body and they have been proven to damage hormone levels as well as mess up your brain functioning.
You should avoid any product with the word fragrance on its ingredients list because it often stands for phthalates, which are not required to be clearly labeled.
PBDEs are considered as a kind of fire retardant that is used in the treatment of upholstered furniture, pillows, and mattresses.
In fact, it was banned from the market due to its high toxicity levels.
You should better invest in new furniture and simply get rid of the items that were manufactured before 2005.
Triclosan has been associated with heart disease and cancer.
However, many antibacterial products still include this dangerous chemical.
You should opt for natural or homemade alternatives, such as DIY cleansers and essential oils, to make cleaning much safer.