Parabens: Parabens are one of the most commonly used ingredients in personal care products. The only ingredient used more frequently is water. You can find them in:Shampoos and conditioners, Creams and lotions, Deodorants and antiperspirants, Sunscreens, Cosmetics
But, did you know they are also present in many prepared foods, like mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressings, and candy?
You can identify them on the label, where they may be listed as:
- methyl paraben
- ethyl paraben
- propyl paraben
- butyl paraben
- isobutyl paraben
Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth). Other studies have also linked parabens to breast cancer, as researchers found traces of parabens in every sample of tissue taken from 20 different breast tumors.
The EPA has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers.