The Problem with Parabens?

Parabens are widely used as preservatives  in make-up and skin and hair care products.  Some studies with rats suggest that parabens can have a weakly estrogenic effect on cells.  The potential result? It may stimulate growth of estrogen -dependant breast  cancer cells.   There are no human studies that show this effect from  toiletries with parabens and the FDA is currently studying the issue.  

Parabens  have been considered less irritating than other forms of presevatives and  are found in processed and prepared foods.  Interestingly, soy which is lauded  for its health benefits, also  has weakly estrogenic activity.

Keep in mind that parabens  are found  in over 80% of all  skin and hair care products.   I  have taken a  position  of watchful waiting.  I limit  my soy intake ( such as edamame) and  I’m delighted  when  a product I like is paraben free.  But presence of parabens is not a deal breaker for me.

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