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Plastic Containers buying guide

One of the circulating post is about reusing, freezing plastic bottles and leaving them in the car releases cancer causing chemical dioxins(DEHA). claims that there is no convincing scientific evidence to substantiate these health warnings against plastics but ensure that all materials that come into contact with food, such as containers for pre-packed food, are thoroughly tested before they can be used. Only one dioxin, known as TCDD, has been shown to cause cancer in people.

In general, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when using any plastic products. When cooking with plastics, only use those plastic containers, wraps, bags and utensils for their intended purposes.

  1. Safe Plastic Numbers

    All plastic containers that come in contact with food will be marked by a number enclosed in a recycle symbol. Although most of the plastic leach into food at high temperature. And since the campaign against plastics are controversial especially BPA I guess its better to be on safe side.

    In general plastic products marked with the numbers 2, 4 and 5 are the safer choices

  2. Hard plastics can contain BPA, which is a developmental, neural, and reproductive toxin. Scientists have linked very low doses of BPA exposure to cancers, impaired immune function, and early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes and hyperactivity. Choose BPA-Free, PVC-free, plastic #2(HDPE), #4(LDPE) #5(PP).
  3. Do not use plastic in the microwave (“microwave-safe” only means that the plastic won’t actually melt, but the high heat in oven can make these chemicals transfer to food.
  4. Do not use scratched, badly torn and worn plastics for your food.
  5. Safer materials you can use are glass, 304 grade stainless steel, food-grade silicone, wood.
  6. Non stick coating vessels are found in every kitchen these days. Teflon is a coating manufactured using (PFOA), which is considered “a likely human carcinogen.” when heated high can cause many disease and even cancer in long term. Over heating of non-stick pans can transfer chemicals to food.
  7. Don’t use water bottles made of transparent, rigid plastic of various colors. These are typically made of polycarbonate, which leaches BPA.

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