Understanding DEHP and its danger on human health

, by now, most of us have heard about the DEHP scare the global food industry.  This article provides a basic understanding of DEHP and its danger on human  health.

About DEHP Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP is  widely used, mainly for making PVC soft and pliable. DEHP offers good  all-round performance as a plasticizer, is cost-effective, and therefore used  in many general purpose products including building materials such as  flooring, cables, roofs etc. DHEP is classified by United States  Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a potential human carcinogen. Unfortunately despite its known health effects, DEHP is also added as a substitute for edible oil in food and drinks products due to its low  cost.

DEHP Effects on human health

 Reproductive system

DEHP is highly fat  soluble and is loosely chemically bonded to the plastic. Therefore it readily  leaches into blood when consumed or when there is contact during  consumption. Animal studies show that exposure to DEHP can damage the  liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system (particularly the  developing testes of unborn males or males that are newly born). Children  who consume 350ml of tainted fluid containing 12 parts per million (ppm) of  DEHP on a daily basis for 12 consecutive months are six to eight times more   at risk of developing problems with their reproductive system when they  become adults, a recent research by the National Health Research Institutes,  Taiwan showed. (www.taipeitimes.com). DEHP is suspected to be an endocrine  disruptor,which could lead to the shrinking of penis size and testicles in  men and thyroid dysfunction.


A study published in Environmental  Health Perspectives (EHP) revealed that “American men with abdominal obesity  or insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes) were more likely to have  high levels of [DEHP] metabolites in their urine than men without  those problems”.

Reducing DEHP exposure

  • Limit your consumption of canned soda and beer.
  • Limit your consumption of canned or processed food by eating fresh food.


  •  If you have a newborn, avoid baby bottles or sippy  cups made of polycarbonate plastic.
  • Use a BPA-free reusable water bottle,  such as unlined stainless steel bottle.
  • Avoid drinks and foods that are contaminated with DEHP.


You may try the following products to maintain a healthy deph free body:

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Katalin Hidvegi

Forever Business Owner/Manager at Forever Living Products
Building her Global business with Forever Living Since 2008. She is originally from Hungary, a mother of 3 boys.Working only part time she achieved Manager level in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York.
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