We’ve all heard that housework burns calories, but now research has found an amazing benefit of keeping your home free from dust

A research team reports that even small amounts of house dust contain compounds which can spur fat cells to grow in a lab dish.

What are these compounds?

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are compounds that can interfere with or mimic the body’s hormones.

EDCs, such as flame retardants, phthalates and bisphenol-A, are known for their potential effects on reproductive, neurological and immune functions.

Animal studies also suggest that early life exposure to some EDCs can cause weight gain later in life.

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Research has found that house dust contains compounds that can spur fat cells to grow.

Inhaling and absorbing dust

Some manufacturers have reduced the use of EDCs in products, but many are still in consumer goods and wind up in indoor dust.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that children consume 50 milligrams of house dust each day.

So, let’s fight that fat-fuelling dust by hauling out the vacuum cleaner and duster right now!

Source: American Chemical Society via www.sciencedaily.com

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