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Recommendations to reduce exposure to food plastics

We are not poisoning ourselves.

In developed countries we are eating more safely than ever in the history of mankind. Under normal conditions, the intake of plastic waste is far from reaching levels estimated as toxic.

In addition, what prevails is the precautionary principle, as soon as there is the slightest doubt, the compound is removed.

So, my intention is to clarify and provide some useful tips, easy to put into practice.

In high doses some of these compounds have been linked to various health problems, such as hormonal dysfunction, immunological alterations and obesity.

Under normal conditions we do not get anywhere near the high doses considered toxic. But it is also true that there is some concern about the possible effect of small cumulative doses in the long term, especially as it may affect young children and pregnant women.

Recommendations to reduce exposure to food plastics:

  • Prioritize the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and wash them. (Fruits and vegetables are from food less affected by these plastics, besides being very healthy.
  • Use only plastic suitable for this use in the microwave. Check it on the labeling. Or use glass containers.
  • Do not wash tupperware in the dishwasher. They should not be washed using very abrasive detergents or bleach either.
  • Do not reuse plastic containers in unsuitable ways (for example: you can freeze food in an ice cream container, but do not use that container to heat food in the microwave).
  • Use glass, ceramic or steel as alternatives to plastic, whenever possible.
  • Avoid direct contact of the transparent plastic film with the food if it is cooked in the oven or in the microwave. It is also not advisable to contact this film with very hot foods.

These measures are only to reduce part of the exposure to these components, since some of them are found in the food itself or in the environment.

 

 

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