Dieticians and experts often warn us not to eat too much of certain things — such as sugar or fried foods. We should always take these warnings seriously, but with that said, many of us can’t stop our appetites and cravings from pushing away common sense.
Now, however, new research suggests there are way worse consequences if you choose to ignore this specific warning — at least for men who think size matters.
An Italian study, conducted by scientist Andrea Di Nisio and her colleagues at the University of Padua, concluded that chemicals in so-called “non-stick” utensils — mainly those in Teflon, can cause a man’s penis to end up half an inch smaller.
The report, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, shows that a mother exposed during pregnancy to high levels of Perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs), which are found in Teflon and other non-stick utensils, will result in her son having a smaller penis.
Removed in 2013
However, it may have similar effects even after pregnancy. The study shows that teens growing up in environments where these chemicals are present can also be affected. The study shows that penises on men in constant exposure to with PFCs chemicals were 12.5 percent shorter and 6.3 percent thinner than the average.
This toxic substance, according to the study, is also present in waterproof clothing — and reduces testosterone levels. PFCs chemicals were, thankfully, removed from Teflon products in 2013.
This research measured the penises of 383 men with an average age of 18 years.
“The magnitude of the problem is alarming. It affects an entire generation of young individuals, from 1978 onwards,” said Andrea Di Nisio.
Now, if you excuse me, I’m gonna throw away all my old Teflon pans. Just to be on the safe side!
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