Eating Chicken May Lead To A Smaller Penis
I thought he was kidding until I read it. He's entirely serious.
"Researchers measured the levels of phthalates flowing through the bodies of pregnant women, and then later measured the size and characteristics of their infant sons’ genitalia between ages 2 months to 3 years. The women who had the most phthalate exposure had up to 10 times the odds of giving birth to sons with one or both testicles incompletely descended, their scrotum categorized as small and/or “not distinct from surrounding tissue,” and a significantly smaller penile volume, a measure of penis size taking into account both length and girth. In other words, the more phthalates pregnant women are exposed to, the “increased likelihood of testicular maldescent, a small and indistinct scrotum, and smaller penis size.” "As to which foods contain the most phthalates, he cites this study:
Dietary Intake Is Associated With Phthalate Body Burden In A Nationally Representative Sample, Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010
"In the current study, creatinine adjusted levels of MEHP (a metabolite of DEHP) were significantly associated with poultry consumption; total meat, poultry, and fish consumption; and discretionary solid fat consumption in multivariate regression models."I see that vegetables were a significant source for the lower molecular weight phthalates, which they say are more water soluble than heavier weight. I don't know the implication of that.
"The results from this study, combined with results from previous studies, suggest that the food supply is contaminated with phthalates, among other chemicals."