Funny... Sometimes I call the "fake cheese" stuff they put in processed foods "plastic cheese."
Not so funny... there really is plastic in your cheese.
There was an article in the New York Times yesterday about phthalates… industrial chemicals that were found in the cheese packets in 29 out of 30 of the samples of mac and cheese that were tested.
Phthalates are chemicals that are used to soften plastics, they’re used in adhesives and also in solvents and ink on packaging. Those little packets in mac and cheese have plastic liners, adhesives and ink.
And Phthalates are big time hormone disruptors. They were banned from children's toys such as pacifiers and rubber duckies about 10 years ago, but they haven’t been banned from manufactured foods. According to the article, ”The chemicals, phthalates, can disrupt male hormones like testosterone and have been linked to genital birth defects in infant boys and learning and behavior problems in older children.” “Although the concentration of phthalates in food may be quite low, measured in parts per billion, they are still present at higher levels than the natural hormones in the body, said Heather B. Patisaul, a professor of biological sciences at the Center for Human Health and the Environment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Just eat real food and you'll avoid many industrial chemicals like phthalates.