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Dust away the fat


By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach

Impossibly judgemental and I'm sure thousands of you could (and probably will) shoot me down in flames over this comment, but I've long thought that people who live in dirty homes lack the discipline required to eat healthily and are often overweight. Of course I have no conclusive evidence and it's just my opinion, however there is new lab evidence to suggest that house dust contains compounds which can spur fat cells to multiply and increase the propensity to gain fat.

Researchers in the US found that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC's), found in common environmental pollutants, are synthetic or naturally occurring compounds which can interfere with or mimic the body's hormones. These compounds, which find their way into household dust, are well known for their potential effects on reproductive, neurological and immune function, and recent animal testing has found that early exposure to these chemicals may cause weight gain later in life.

Out of 11 dust samples collected in North Carolina, only one sample had no effect on lab rats. The other samples triggered as accumulation of triglycerides in the blood or caused fat cells to multiply thereby creating the potential for increased body fat. Amounts of dust as low as 3 mg are thought to cause measurable effects on metabolic health.

In the US the Environmental Protection Agency estimate that children consume 50 mg house dust each day.

It may have nothing to do with discipline, and maybe some people are happy to live in a grubby house, but, if you are trying to lose weight, you'll undoubtedly benefit from burning kilojoules by doing some vigorous housework and getting rid of any dust which might be thwarting your efforts to lose weight.

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