YOUR non-stick frying pan could be making you fat, new research suggests.
Certain chemicals found in the kitchen utensils have been found to slow down the metabolism.
Getty – Contributor Chemicals used to make your frying pan non-stick have been linked to obesity
Experts found the chemicals, also found in fast food packaging, caused greater weight gain after dieting, especially in women.
Known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), the chemicals have been used for 60 years in a range of products including non-stick pots and pans, mattresses, carpets and even clothes.
Previous studies have linked them to cancer, hormone disruption which can cause infertility, and high cholesterol.
Now, a new study from Harvard School of Public Health, has linked PFASs to obesity.
Getty – Contributor Experts found the chemicals were linked to a slower metabolism, meaning you’ll burn less calories
Co-author Professor Philippe Grandjean said: “We typically think about PFASs in terms of rare health problems like cancer.
“But it appears they are also playing a role in obesity, a major health problem facing millions around the globe.
“The findings suggest avoiding or reducing PFAS exposure may help people maintain a stable body weight after they successfully lose some weight, especially for women.”
PFASs are known as “obesogens” because they may upset body weight regulation.
Getty – Contributor The chemicals are also used in pizza boxes and other fast food wrappings
The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found those with higher levels of the chemical in their blood tended to have slower metabolisms.
Metabolism refers to the chemical processes in the body that converts energy from food.
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People with a slower metabolism burn fewer calories during normal daily activities and may have to eat less to avoid becoming overweight.
Senior author Prof Qi Sun, added: “Obesogens have been linked with excess weight gain and obesity in animal models, but human data has been sparse.
“Now, for the first time, our findings have revealed a novel pathway through which PFASs might interfere with human body weight regulation and thus contribute to the obesity epidemic.”
Getty – Contributor Previous research has linked the chemicals to cancer
Previous research has shown PFASs have contaminated drinking water near industrial sites, military bases and wastewater treatment plants.
The chemicals can accumulate in drinking water and food chains and remain in the body for a long time.
The researchers analysed data from 621 overweight and obese participants in the Prevention of Obesity Using Novel Dietary Strategies clinical trial, which was conducted in the mid-2000s.
The team were able to look at the connection between levels of PFASs in the participants blood and weight gain over time.