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6 Common Household Toxins That Can Cause Weight Gain

It’s currently estimated that more than one in three American adults is obese, a health problem that can eventually lead to the onset of serious health crises, like type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke, liver disease, arthritis, and heart disease. In search of solutions, most of us look to our diets or try to intensify our daily exercise routines.

But sometimes diet and exercise isn’t enough. That’s because many of us have chemicals in our home that can cause us to gain weight. These chemicals, which are known as obesogens, are linked to altering the human body’s metabolic processes and can, in some circumstances, cause weight gain…

1. Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, which is commonly referred to as BPA, is typically used in the production of plastics, medical tools, canned foods—even cash register receipts. Some studies have shown that BPA can make its way into food or beverages when it’s used in containers.

For the time being, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that BPA is safe at low levels. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, the FDA is reviewing this policy and may change it at a later date. Some experts believe consuming BPA can alter the way our bodies produce the hormone that regulates glucose levels and produce fat, possibly making us obese. That’s why it’s a good idea to search out BPA-free plastics and avoid canned foods, when possible.

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