By Willow Lawson, published on September 1, 2003 - last reviewed on January 23, 2015
Women and especially young girls should be eating less meat, whole
milk and other dietary fat that may expose them to dioxins, according to
a recent report by a health advisory panel. And the government should be
getting the word out, according to the Institute of Medicine, part of the
National Academy of Sciences.
Discovered in the 1970s, dioxins are industrial pollutants that
lodge in animal fat via contaminated soil. They are known to increase the
risk of cancer and alter hormone production in both men and women.
Dioxins are especially dangerous for young girls whose bodies accumulate
the pollutants over time. The dioxins can harm infants in utero and
through breast milk.