According to The New York Times, you should be careful with that tuperware – if you value your manly-bits that is.
The culprit, of course, is Phthalates – that hard to spell, fun to pronounce, hormone- and brain-disrupting chemical they use to soften plastic.
For years we’ve known that phthalates are bad, and had thought that the worst impacts were to children and pregnant women. That’s why a lot of past attention has focussed on soft plastic toys like teething rings that are intended for infants.
But this new research suggests that it’s the big, manly dads who may be most at risk for infertility, among other problems.
“It’s the males in the study that are driving the effect,” says Germaine Buck Louis of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “They’re the signal.”
So what can you do to avoid phthalates messing with your junk? Start by reading labels and only buying personal care products (that includes shampoo, many-man) without phthalates.You should also void microwaving in plastic containers (No more man-wich, unless you put it in a bowl first) and ditch your plastic water bottles and travel mugs – hot liquids and re-heating can cause phthalates to leach out. Need even more doctor-ly advice, check out this fact sheet from the NIH.