Xenoestrogens are a group of articifical compounds that mimic estrogen in the body. They are used in many factors of food production and have endocrine disrupting properties. The term xenoestrogen can also be used to refer to phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic estrogen but are naturally occurring in plants.
This group of chemicals has proven to cause many negative reproductive and developmental effects in humans. Adult females and developing fetuses are particularly at risk when exposed to these compounds. Phytoestrogens have been associated with some health benefits. See: Phytoestrogens