At least according to scientists who conducted a study at the Seattle Children's Research Institute and published their findings in the journal “Environmental International”. 



No, in this case it's not the burgers, fries and cola themselves, which are not necessarily known to contribute to a healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy and beyond.


The problem that the scientists investigated lies in the packaging of many fast food products! The food contact materials investigated predominantly contained toxic phthalates such as di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) as plasticisers. These compounds are fat-soluble and can migrate into food. Pregnant women are particularly at risk, as the harmful substances enter the placenta directly via the bloodstream and can harm the foetus. The study from the USA showed that women who frequently consumed ultra-processed foods during pregnancy (10-60% of their diet) had higher levels of phthalates in their urine. 


A causal link between low birth weight, higher premature birth rates and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and the intake of these substances during pregnancy is now considered established.


YOUR PLUS: The AGROLAB laboratories detect harmful phthalate-based plasticisers in food safely and sensitively and evaluate the results on the basis of the applicable European regulations.


Author: Dr Frank Mörsberger, AGROLAB GmbH