Can Everyday Kitchen Items Affect Your Fertility?

A new book offers some surprising answers

Could your cookware have unexpected side effects?
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We live in a world where we’re exposed to countless chemicals, from pesticides on vegetables to potentially harmful ingredients in soap and other cleaning products. The effects that these chemicals can have on a human body are wide-ranging, but a new book zeroes in on one especially worrisome side effect: certain things located in your kitchen might have an adverse effect on your fertility.

That new book is Shanna Swan and Stacey Colino’s Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race. And a new article at The Washington Post by the authors offers some advice from the authors on kitchen items that you might want to watch out for.

Swan and Colino target EDCs, or endocrine-disrupting chemicals, as the source of their alarm. Atop their list of recommendations: buying organic produce. If you’re unable to do so, they recommend washing produce with tap water, then drying it with a paper towel.

The authors also advise readers to be choosy when it comes to food storage. They recommend glass or ceramic containers; if you’re using plastic containers, they suggest making sure that it’s free from BPA and phthalates. Nonstick cookware, though convenient, can also bring unwanted chemicals with it.

The full list is well worth exploring, and features some unexpected tips within. As with so many things in 2021, finding the right balance isn’t always easy.

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