We talk a lot about the unhealthy ingredients that go into some foods. Have you ever wondered about the dangerous stuff hiding in the plastic, cardboard, and Styrofoam that’s often wrapped around your food? Here’s what you need to know, according to the Bottom Line Personal:
- Let’s start with foods packaged in: Plastic or aluminum. Many of those packages contain a chemical known as BPA - which has been linked to liver damage, diabetes and cancer. BPA is so common, a recent study found traces of it in the urine of 93% of all people tested! Fortunately, experts say you can reduce your risk of exposure to BPAs by buying foods stored in glass containers whenever possible. Also, be especially wary of acidic foods - like tomatoes. They tend to corrode the lining of cans, increasing your exposure to BPAs.
- Another dangerous food package: Styrofoam. One of the chemicals that gives Styrofoam its name is styrene, which has been linked to nerve damage and cancer. Research has shown that styrene can leach into foods when it’s exposed to heat or fat – which rules out just about any food you might get “to-go” from a restaurant. However, if Styrofoam is your only take-out option, experts say you should ask your server to wrap your food in foil or wax paper, before it’s placed anywhere Styrofoam. It should also go without saying: Avoid drinking hot coffee or tea in a Styrofoam cup whenever possible.
- Here’s one more dangerous food package: Grease-resistant paper or cardboard. We’re talking about the glossy paper used to wrap fast-food burgers and fries, or the cardboard box used to deliver your pizza. It likely contains chemicals known to weaken your immune system, and increase your risk for cancer. Also, because these chemicals are water-resistant, they can stay in your body for years after they’ve been ingested! That’s why you should never reheat fast food in a microwave until you’ve transferred it to a plate. Avoid microwave-ready popcorn, because the bags it comes in are lined with this stuff.
Want some help finding a list of Organic foods which use BPA-free packaging? Try this Website: EdenFoods.com.