At present, it appears that most of the products come featuring a warning label. Though all of the parents really wanted to ensure that their children grow up happy and most importantly healthy, there are times that it’s really hard to keep up with the newest health reports.
Many of us are storing and reheating food in plastic containers constantly. We are unaware that doing this post risks to our and children’s health. As a matter of fact, a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revealed something about using plastic containers.
In the past decade, we are already told at least once about the perils of reheating food stored in plastic containers in the microwave. It is not just us since celebrities are also aware and talking about it
It was last year when Kourtney Kardashian revealed in her blog that she never cooks any of her family's foods using the microwave.
"If anything needs to be heated up, I prefer to use the oven, stovetop or toaster oven instead," the Keeping up with the Kardashians star clarified. "I read that toxins from plastic containers can be transferred to food when reheated (this applies to BPA-free plastic containers too)."
It is also worth mentioning that even the Food and Drug Administration has known about this danger. In fact, the firm is also working to protect people from chemicals that can be found in plastics that can ooze into food the moment it was reheated.
The chemicals like BPA and phthalates are the ones specialists claim that you should be most worried about. Doctors also claim that you must be worried about the containers labeled as "microwave-safe" as these may be positioning your health at risk too.
The AAP also claim that there are even more dangers linked with plastic containers and that children are more susceptible. The pediatricians stated at BPA that "can act like estrogen in the body and potentially change the timing of puberty, decrease fertility, increase body fat, and affect the nervous and immune systems."
Also, the phthalates which is a chemical that makes the plastic more flexible, "may affect male genital development, increase childhood obesity, and contribute to cardiovascular disease."
Additionally, the firm also warns that washing plastic cups and the containers in the dishwasher can also make the said chemicals drip. As for the plastic products that were labeled "microwave-safe," if they're scratched or have changed its color, they must be thrown away.
Always bear in mind that although the plastic containers are cheap, there may be a bigger price to pay in the long run. Shelling out a few more money to purchase glass containers will keep you and of course your family safe. Doing so may also give you more peace of mind.
Are you still using plastic containers? Will you stop using them now? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends for them to become aware as well!
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