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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Food Packaging and Your Health

Most of us are genuinely trying to do our best to be healthy -- we buy organic food, try to drink filtered water, include more fruits and vegetables with every meal, the list goes on and on. But what about the plastic our organic vegetables are wrapped in? What about the plastic bottles holding our filtered water? And the microwaveable plastic bag we sometimes use to cook our extra veggies in because it's so easy? While the science is still relatively preliminary at this point, there is a possibility that the packaging surrounding our food may be just as influential on our health as what is inside.


Chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and PCV (polyvinyl chloride) have all been found in plastic food packaging, the linings of soda cans and canned food. These chemicals, often referred to as endocrine disruptors, do much more than simply help to protect and contain our food. They can mimic our natural hormones, turning on or off the body's native hormone signals to block natural responses or trigger excessive action.
BPA, in particular, could possibly disrupt the way our hormones communicate, and may, in certain amounts, lead to fertility issues, cancer, impaired brain function, Type-2 diabetes and obesity


The truth is, we simply don't know the long-term implications of these synthetic materials. I do know that our health and the health of our children is a steep price to pay for these modern conveniences.


Tips to reduce your plastic exposure

  • Avoid using plastic as much as you possibly can. If you have to use plastic, look for items with recycling #1, #2, and #4 because they don't contain BPA.
  • Go back to glass, cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic and wood to cook, serve and store your food.
  • Use canvas bags for your produce instead of the plastic they offer at the store.
  • Use only glass in the microwave or get stop using your microwave altogether.
  • Use wooden and stainless steel utensils while cooking your food and silver or stainless steel for eating it.
  • Investigate local farms for fresh "unpackaged" vegetables and naturally raised meat.
  • Use a glass or stainless steel water bottle instead of drinking from plastic.
Source: Marclle Picks, OB-GYN N.P.

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