How can I avoid exposure to phthalates?

Alan Greene, MD
You can avoid exposure to phthalates in your food by avoiding high-fat dairy products, avoiding meat/poultry and eating lots of organic produce. Watch me discuss why the less contact food has with plastics, the better. 
If you want to avoid exposure to phthalates, a good place to start is to avoid plastic food containers, children’s toys (some phthalates are already banned in kid’s products) and plastic wrap made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has the recycling label #3. Some personal care products also contain phthalates. Read the labels and avoid products that simply list added “fragrance,” since this catch-all term sometimes means hidden phthalates.

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