Arguably one of the best investments that we make in our lives is the glorious plastic container: they house our leftovers, help us transport casseroles and pies to share with our loved ones, and keep our food fresh and bacteria-free. But, are they really all they’re cracked up to be? Some researchers believe that as helpful and handy as they are, they’re also doing a large amount of damage to our overall health.
One of the major concerns with the use of plastic containers is their use as microwavable bowls. If we’re being completely honesty, most of us often use them not only as storage, but for makeshift bowls and plates as well.
Scientists in Brussels have warned that the ever-increasing trust in the chemical makeup of a number of commonly used plastic household kitchen items, such as water bottles and Tupperware, is potentially hazardous.
The dangerous chemicals are also referred to as ‘endocrine-disrupting chemicals’ (EDCs) and they are made from Bisphenol A (BPA), which is a carbon-based synthetic, and phthalates, which are compounds added to plastics to help them stay flexible and durable. These chemicals are known to directly interfere with the way the body’s glands function and produce hormones.
When the glands are interfered with, the very foundation of our bodies becomes compromised, and this affects everything from the way we reproduce, grow, sleep and heal, to the manner in which we develop mentally. Shockingly, there is an abundance of EDCs in even the most ordinary and everyday objects. EDCs come into the environment via our waste water systems, run-off and sometimes even through the process of burning waste.
The word Health Organiztion (WHO) recently released a report that stated that there are correlations between exposure to EDCs and severe health issues such as breast and prostate cancer, infertility, diabetes, early puberty, obesity and Alzheimer’s to name a few.
One of the easiest ways to try to avoid EDCs is to avoid heating plastics. A number of scientific studies have shown that heating plastics raises the risk of phthalates making their way into your food. Take the extra step of taking your food out of the plastic it’s in and using an actual plate. The few seconds it takes could end up saving your life in the long run.
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