Plastic containers have been used for years due to their convenience as well as growing number of practical uses. They have actually became a staple in almost any households cupboard.
Single-serve snacks and beverages in plastic packaging are an easy grab-and-go option for most people.
But, are you familiar with the fact that the storage container that you are using can make your healthy meal not so healthy?
Although plastics is inexpensive, strong, and easily shaped, it’s not environmentally friendly.
Plastics is produced from synthetic materials sourced from fossil fuels. Packaging created from petroleum-based ingredients cannot degrade naturally.
That’s not all, a few chemicals are found in most plastics and plastic additives.
– BPA or Bisphenol A Is One of These Chemicals
In fact, most plastic containers are made of a chemical known as BPA or Bisphenol A. This chemical is used during the production process of certain hard, clear plastics. Moreover, this toxic chemical has been found to leach out of the container into the food.
It acts as an endocrine-disrupting chemical that simulates or blocks hormones and interferes with the body’s normal functions. It can change the normal hormone levels, thus inhibiting or inducing the production of hormones, or altering the way hormones travel through the human body. As a result of this, it can have a negative impact on the functions that these hormones regulate.
Independent studies have found a correlation between this chemical and long-term health effects like neurobehavioral abnormalities, reproductive effects in females and males, and a higher risk of heart disease and obesity. Additionally, recent studies have found that prenatal BPA exposure can increase the risk of wheezing and asthma. What’s more, this chemical has also been associated with a higher risk of breast cancer due to its hormone-disrupting effects.
The manufacturers of plastic food containers also use a chemical known as BPS or Bisphenol S. It can also simulate estrogen, interfere with reproductive system, and speed up embryonic development.
This chemical has been found to be as harmful as BPA. Furthermore, BPS has been found to be absorbed into the body more quickly than BPA.
Fortunately, not all plastic containers contain BPS and BPA. However, it is quite difficult to recognize which types of plastics are free of these chemicals.
So, it is a good idea to avoid using any type of plastics.
You Can Store Your Leftovers in These Safe Food Containers:
- Natural parchment paper (You can use it to wrap your food in.)
- Silicone Suction Lids and Food Covers (You can leave your food in the original bowl.)
- Ceramic Cookware with lids
- Pyrex Glass containers
- Glass jars
- Reusable Beeswax wraps
- 100% cotton outer with nylon lining storage bags
- Stainless steel containers
- Glass Lock containers
- Enamel-on-steel bowls with lids
- Corning Ware
- Mason jars
Here Is How to Cleanse Your Body of These Toxic Chemicals:
– Avoid purchasing foods in bisphenol plastics.
– Minimize your consumption of canned foods lined with BPS or BPA.
– Avoid consuming juices and water from plastic bottles.
– Do not cook foods contained in plastic in your microwave (Also, avoid using your microwave.)
– Take high-quality probiotics as they can speed up the breakdown as well as help detoxify many kinds of toxic chemicals.
– Detoxify your body by consuming plenty of fresh, clean water; herbs; fresh veggies and fruits.