Reducing Your Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances that negatively affect development, reproduction, neurological function and immune health of living things. These chemicals are found in our environment, toys, cosmetics, and our food. To reduce the risk of adverse effects from these chemicals, reduce your exposure to these common EDCs.


These chemicals are applied in conventional farming practices in order to deter pests that destroy crops such as insects, bacteria, and fungi. To avoid exposure, choose organic whenever possible. At a minimum, avoid those crops where a heavy dose of pesticides are used.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

This chemical compound is commonly used in plastics used in some food and beverage packaging. They are often found canned foods because they are used to coat the inside of the can. To reduce exposure, look for BPA-free storage containers, water bottles, and plastic ware.


Many fragrances that are used in cosmetics and other personal care products contain hidden EDCs such as phlalates and parabens. To reduce exposure, choose an all-natural version or eliminate these products completely.

Food additives

Many chemicals added to commercially processed foods to enhance flavor, texture or color contain endocrine disrupting compounds. Consuming minimally processed foods and whole foods is the best way to avoid these types of chemicals.

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