Tap Water Chemical Dichlorophenol Linked With Food Allergies

Posted by Robyn, January 19, 2013

A chemical used in tap water chlorination and pesticides for produce has been associated with increased risk of food allergies, according to a new study in thejournal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Researchers found that people with the highest levels of dichlorophenols in their urine also have higher odds of having a food allergy.

However, the researchers cautioned that the findings don’t mean that people should stop
 drinking tap water so that they don’t have dichlorophenols in their systems — rather, the dichlorophenols probably come from pesticide-treated fruits and vegetables.

via Tap Water Chemical Dichlorophenol Linked With Food Allergies: Study.