It would be nice if labeling would alert the consumer to endocrine disrupters but we are not that lucky. Use this list to start to become familiar with what to look for and what to avoid.
What: A chemical used to make some plastics.
Where: Resins that line the inside of some of canned goods; most thermal paper used for receipts; polycarbonate plastics marked with recycling label No. 7.
What: A chemical formed during industrial processes.
Where: Animal products including meat, fish, milk, and eggs.
What: A herbicide widely used on corn crops.
Where: Corn crops, drinking water.
What: Chemicals that make plastic soft, also called plasticizers.
Where: Plastic food containers, plastic toys, and some personal care products.
What: A component of rocket fuel.
Where: Drinking water and some foods.
What: Chemicals used to make products less flammable.
Where: Some foam furniture, house dust and the padding under carpet.
What: A heavy metal.
Where: Some older paints and pipes, drinking water.
What: A toxic chemical.
Where: Drinking water.
What: A naturally occurring toxic metal.
Where: Some fish (such as shark, king mackerel, swordfish), halogen light bulbs, thermometers.
Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)
What: Chemicals added to nonstick cookware, clothing, upholstery, tents and more for their ability to repel water and resist stains.
Where: Some nonstick pans, stain-resistant clothing, and furniture.
What: Pesticides that target the nervous system of insects.
Where: Most conventionally farmed produce.
What: Solvents that the European Union said can damage the fertility of an unborn child.
Where: Paints, cleaning products, brake fluid, and cosmetics