You take care to eat healthy; but did you ever think how healthy your food packaging is? Here’s what you should know about the effects of food packaging on your health.
You might’ve read or heard how plastic isn’t the best material to heat or pack food in. Plastics coded 1, 2, 4 or 5 are considered safe, while 3, 6 and 7 are considered to be harmful.
Microwaving food in plastic plates or containers may increase the risk of harmful chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) migrating into the food.
Using plastic containers and bottles may play havoc with hormones, and even put you at risk for diabetes, obesity, brain development issues, asthma and heart disease.
Use glass plates and containers while heating food using microwave.
Styrofoam food packaging and cups contain polystyrene. They can leach styrene, toluene, benzene and ethylbenzene into your food, especially if the food or drink is hot. Some of these chemicals are suspected to be cancer causing. Switch to paper cups!
We often use foil to wrap food conveniently. However, aluminium may accumulate in the body, causing harmful neurotoxic effects. High aluminium has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
So what are some healthy alternatives?
- Using steel lunch boxes and water bottles
- Storing food in glass containers instead of plastic
- Switching to cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic and wood utensils
When you set out of home for work or pleasure, carry your healthy steel/glass food container, metal spoons, steel water bottle and ceramic/paper cup. Avoid buying processed food that comes packed in unhealthy materials. Your body will thank you!