Food in plastic containers - is it okay?

We all know there is a big drive on reducing plastic usage to help save our environment, especially one-use plastic bags like at the supermarkets (and that's why I love to use these cloth bags instead).  But what about food in plastic containers?  Is it okay?

Well, research is showing that toxic chemicals found in plastic can cause some huge health problems - read on (plus some tips below).

In a recent study, more than 70% of plastics tested released chemicals that acted like estrogen, or xeno-estrogen.  Chemicals with estrogen activity can lead to breast cancer, ovarian, testicular, and prostate cancers.   It can also lead to  early puberty in females, reduced sperm count in males,  cause infertility, and lead to obesity.

Also, BPA-free doesn't mean it's okay - many of these BPA-free  plastic containers still contain other BP's that are similar to BPA, so still not considered to be safe.

 

Scary.  

 

Are all these diseases and illnesses around today something to do with all the chemicals we are ingesting via plastics?  Not to mention the toxins from plastics our children were exposed to when they were in our belly?  

 

Hmm, something to consider.

 

But anyway, what's the alternative to stop this estrogen and other chemicals leaching into our food?  

 

Try these tips:

  • Don't use plastic water bottles - go for stainless steel or glass.

  • Don't put hot food into plastic containers.  Make sure the food is fully cooled before putting into a plastic container.  Or alternatively use glass containers or jars.

  • Don't cook food in plastic containers in the microwave.

  • Don't use roasting/steaming bags .

  • Try not to buy food that is packaged in plastic.  Go for fruit and vege from the bins, or head to Bulk Bin stores (take your own bags).

  • Try to avoid buying zip lock bags - they only last a short amount of time and then end up in the landfills.

 

Got any more tips to share below? ...

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