Turns out that the most health-damaging facet of fast food might not even be the greasy-ass burgers and burnt fries: Researchers say that fast-food wrappers and packaging might contain harmful, synthetic chemicals. Great. As if we didn't have enough to worry about right now.
A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters showed that packaging for food items like cheeseburgers, fried chicken, and burritos routinely contains extremely potent fluorine-carbon bonds, called polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFASs, for all of us non-scientists). These are chemicals meant to combat the grease and heat of fast foods. But, the PFASs may directly cause ailments like kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, and high cholesterol. Unfortunately these chemicals may get into your food when it is hot and greasy. Dammit.