"Forever Chemicals" Found in Most US Kale Samples

"Forever Chemicals" Found in Most US Kale Samples

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Kale, a vegetable often hailed as a "superfood," may not be as healthy as once thought.

A new report found that seven out of eight US kale samples contained high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals.

PFAS are called "forever chemicals" because they do not naturally break down and are linked to serious health problems.

The testing looked at conventional and organic kale bought at grocery stores across the country.

The findings "stunned" researchers who expected to find low levels of the chemicals.

Organic kale had higher levels of PFAS, which was a "bit of a shock finding."

The source of contamination is unclear.

However, tainted water was probably to blame, though it was also possible the kale was grown in fields where sludge was spread.

The report comes amid growing calls for stronger action and legislation around PFAS-contaminated food.

In recent months, independent research has found PFAS in protein powders, juice drinks, and other food products.

The findings highlight the need for the FDA to implement a more robust PFAS testing program for the nation’s food supply.

In the meantime, consumers can take steps to reduce their exposure to PFAS by avoiding or limiting their intake of contaminated food and filtering their drinking water using a reverse osmosis filter.

It's time for the FDA to take strong action against PFAS-contaminated food. Consumers can reduce exposure by being mindful of what they eat and drink.