If you want to avoid getting fat, get rid of your plastic products! Here’s Why!
Health is very important. Each and every one of us do deal seriously with taking good care of our own health. We avoid getting admitted to our doctors more often. Who’d want that syringe even though we know it only pains just like a bite of an ant? And think ahead of how much it will gonna cost? And what’s more devastating is that unknowingly, your health is taken into danger by your own things right inside your kitchen. And I’m definitely going to mention your plastic food containers. But what do plastic food containers really contain and in what ways can we access the health risks that they can cause?
Plastics. They, though not all of them, contain a chemical called BPA (bisphenol A), which is a toxin. And your own plastic water bottles, utensils and cutleries, baby bottles, cups, and plastic food containers could possibly contain this toxin. (Even paper cups you get from coffee shops)
What’s with BPA?
We’ve mentioned already that BPA stands for bisphenol A. Since 1960s, it has been used as an industrial chemical for the production of certain plastics and resins. But what’s with BPA? Based on researches, it was found that they seep into foods or beverages from containers that are made from BPA. And an exposure, in high or even low levels, from this toxic BPA is alarming due to its possible health effects to the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. How do you feel about this so called BPA now?
If BPA is harmful, should I look for those BPA-free products instead?
Due to research findings that BPA should be avoided, BPA-free products has been created. The idea was brought up to get rid of those plastic products with BPA. But, a study from the journal Environmental Health Perspectives that was published stated that even BPA-free plastics contain chemicals with EA that stands for estrogenic activity, and that can cause results pertaining to health problems.
We had BPA, and now EA?
Let’s take a deep discussion with EA or what we call estrogenic activity. Now, chemicals that have these are those that mimic or counter the actions of naturally occurring estrogens. These chemicals are capable of binding with one or more of the body’s nuclear estrogen receptors.
Let’s say that these chemicals with EA is just like a counterfeit key fitting into a loose lock that when these chemicals activate the estrogen receptor, they cause an increase in circulating estrogen. And which in turn can cause problems, mentioning reduced sperm counts, early puberty among the females, altered function of the reproductive organs, increased rates of certain cancers, problems with infant and childhood development and obesity. Yes, you’ve read the last word right. You can get fat.
The above mentioned problems can happen with even the lowest doses of chemicals with EA to vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, developing fetuses, infants and children due to their high sensitivity.
Does that mean BPA-free is not EA-free?
I will repeat the question for you. Does that mean BPA-free is not EA-free? Well, absolutely! To prove this, let us investigate this study done by the Environment Health Perspectives.
500 plastic products were brought from places like Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target and other major retailers. These plastic products are selected from all categories of plastic, including tupperware containers, wraps, bags and what have you. They cut these plastic products int pieces, placed them into liquids that contain the same chemicals found in food and drinks, subjecting them to stresses that mimic normal use such as UV light (sunlight), microwaving, or boiling and dishwashing.
Based on the results they accumulated, over 90% of the products leached estrogenic chemicals before they were even stressed, and after stressing essentially all of the products showed EA.
Refer to Stuart Yaniger’s statement, one of the lead authors of the study:
Baby bottles, plastic bags, plastic wrap, clamshell food containers, stand-up pouches: Just about anything you can think of that’s made plastic that food or beverages are wrapped up in, we found this activity. It was shocking to us.
And if you are asking how to identify which plastic products contain EA, it’s impossible to tell. But we can just refer to the results of the study saying that over 90% were found with EA and assume that all plastic products have EA.
Now the question is, in what ways do we acquire them that can definitely affect our health and even make us fat?
The fastest way of releasing chemicals from plastics is through exposure to heat. In eating, we use plastic utensils, and cutlery. In storing foods, we use trays, microwave-safe containers, and plastic lunch boxes. Then, we usually prepare food with ready to eat canned goods (in which in the case of acidic foods with the likes of tomatoes, fruit, beans and juice, chemicals are being released faster). In dishwashing, washing your plastic utensils in a dishwasher can also cause a chemical release when used subsequently. In drinking, plastic coffee mugs and water bottles do leach out BPA into your water faster when the plastic gets hot. For infants, baby plates and baby bottles are also as harmful as any other plastic products. And even with paper cups, where you usually put your morning coffee or teas, for cup has a plastic layer, compressed with paper layers. Look at how plastic has been a great part of your life? But what’s making sense is that it can become your greatest enemy that can danger your health.
So, what’s the deal?
You don’t want to get any one of the health problems that BPA or chemicals with EA can cause right? You are not alone. You are not the only one who hates getting fat. So, what’s the deal now? How can we reduce our exposure to BPA or chemicals with EA? One thing would be getting rid of the majority of our plastic products inside our kitchen (we know that you can’t let go with all of those plastics).
Instead of plastic food containers, make use of glass containers:
- Kinetic Go Green Glasslock container Glasslock containers are expensive, but they are high quality and won’t leach chemicals into your food. With use over time, they might even save you money if they help you store more leftovers and bring your lunch to work. The Kinetic Go Green Glasslock with straight sides was the top choice in glass for Cook’s Illustrated (subscription required and recommended). They say: “A neat, tight, reliable seal, good capacity, and solid performance in every test made this container a standout.”
- Snapware Pyrex Rectangular Glass Container, Snapware Pyrex Round Glass Container, Snapware Total Solution Storage Box Real Simple gave a nod to straight-sided Snapware Glasslock for leftovers, saying, “The locking latches create such a good seal that ‘food tasted as if it had been prepared the night before.” Even when exposed to a tomato-based soup, the glass didn’t stain.” Boing Boing also recommended the Snapware Glasslock, praising the containers’ leakproof seal. “I have biked with one filled with soup and arrived at my destination without a drop missing (something I definitely couldn’t do with my old plastic ones), and I didn’t have to waste another bowl in order to microwave it.” Amanda Hesser often makes the small square and rectangular straight-sided Glasslock containers the stars of her kids’ lunch series on Food52.
Instead of freezer bags, make use of stainless steel containers. Instead of plastic water bottles, use those that are made with stainless steel. Instead of using plastic baby bottles, use glass baby bottles. Don’t drink of those bottled waters, especially those that were exposed to sunlight. Then slowly get rid of your plastic-made small appliances, and prefer those that are made with glass, ceramic and stainless steel. After you have removed the plastics from your life, you are also helping the environment. Deal?
Now that we know the health risks that plastics can cause with our health, I think it’s time for us to make a move. Let us start with the simplest task to do which is to get rid of the plastic products we own in our kitchen. I know some of you are definitely taking precautions to not gain a few or more pounds anymore. I know how hard it is to lose those fats. So, in order for us to help you, we offer you this article. Start moving now or be sorry later.