The Sun reports that chemicals in everyday household products, such as cleaners and food packaging, can make a man’s package smaller — which is enough to make you rethink packing your lunch in a plastic bag, isn’t it?

According to experts, common ingredients such as Phthalates, BPA, which is often used in plastics, and parabens, a preservative commonly used in toothpaste and other products, are to blame for baby boys being born with genital defects.

University of Melbourne researchers Associate Professor Andrew Pask and Mark Green suggest that, because of plastics, penis birth defects have doubled in Australia.

Pask and Green studied both humans and animals who were exposed to the chemicals to see if they developed a defect called hypospadias. Hypospadias is a condition that means the opening of the penis is on the underside rather than the tip, which results in functionality problems.

Humans consume these harmful products through food or water, and Pask and Green are not the first to observe this worrisome phenomenon.

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