Reduce your risk of getting diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, metabolic disorders and even infertility by simply swapping out plastic for glass! Check out the best glass food storage containers to substitute for plastic containers below. But first, lets talk about plastic.
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Let’s Talk About Plastic
Plastic is everywhere in our lives. We use it to eat with, drink with, and store our food with. But did you know that plastic is linked to a multitude of disease plaguing the world today?
Certain “plasticizers” like phthalates and PVC are used to make plastic soft and malleable. These chemicals are used in many everyday items like food wrapping, and plastic storage containers, and plastic water bottles. But these plasticizers can leach into food over time (this happens even faster when heated). This is where we get to the health effects.
These chemicals in plastic can cause problems for our endocrine system, according to an integrative study observing the effects of plastic on the body. Plastic seems to effect genes involved in cell proliferation, differentiation and insulin metabolism. Steroid hormones are also affective by plastic. Thus, plastic is found to be associated with cancer, neoplasms, mental disorders, obesity, infertility and immune diseases.
So What do We do About This?
1. Well for starters, if you can, don’t reheat food in plastic containers.
2. Use paper or cardboard containers when you can.
3. Avoid leaving plastic containers (including water bottles) in hot environments like your car to avoid chemical leeching. Or avoid these things altogether!
4. Invest in some good quality food storage containers, like the ones seen below. They’ll keep your food safe, warm or cold without the danger of toxic chemicals leaching into your food.
There are so many things in our environment that is harmful to us. The best we can do is to transition harmful products out of our lives one at a time, and do the best we can to reduce exposure to these chemicals and toxicants. Learn more about toxins in food here.