Why are they Hazardous?
Parabens are a group of synthetic chemicals widely used as preservatives in foods, cosmetic and pharmaceuticals, due to their biocidal properties. They are commonly found as methyl- or ethyl-paraben.
These chemicals mimic the naturally occurring hormone – estrogen. This fact causes concern among many scientists that long-term exposure to them may play a role in the development of breast cancer, as well as negatively affect the functionality of the male hormonal and reproductive systems.
• Shaving gels & creams
• Processed foods
• Personal lubricants
• Skin creams
• Parabens were found in samples of breast tumors.
• Although these chemicals are very widely used, paraben-free alternatives are readily found, though alternatives may be pricier due to the low cost of using hazardous preservatives.