Credit: http://trainoutpain.blogspot.com/2011/10/bpa-plastics-and-your-health.htmlHere we go again, Ladies and Gentlemen. Once more evidence is coming forward that plastic is not, I repeat NOT, safe for the microwave. Regardless if the plastic dish you have has a microwave safe symbol or not, more then likely you are getting a dose of BPA = Bisphenol A. (Ironically the Microwave safe symbol is more then likely for the dish and not for you.)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound. It has no color, no odor and does not dissolve well in water. Its primary use is to make plastics, plastics such as polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins.
This compound has hormone like properties. We do not need extra hormones, unless of course we have some deficiencies, but then a medical expert should be sought for advice. Since 2008 scientists of several governments have been voicing their concern about BPA leaking from plastics into our food products. This means, the plastics that contain and store our food are leaching this organic hormonal (BPA) compound into the stuff we eat. The plastic containers we use to heat our food via microwaves leak more of the BPA then regular plastic food storage containers held at room temperature or in the fridge.
The reasons why BPA is not good are:
- For the young and very young- meaning infant stage- it is important that these little ones grow up using their natural environment. The excess of hormones, so it seems is disruptive to the early developmental stages of infancy. These can transform into neurological difficulties. A study in 2011 found BPA present in more then 96% of pregnant women.
- In 2008 some scientist concluded that obesity may be increased by BPA exposure.
- For us men, continuous exposure to BPA has an altering affect to our semen. They become deformed. Not good. For women the same happens to their ovaries. Also not good.
- Canada has since listed Bisphenol A as a toxic substance, with Europe following league.Credit: www.amazon.com
While there are Bisphenol A FREE plastics available, the recommendation is to still use glass or ceramic dishes when heating up foods in the microwave. Also avoid plastic water bottles. Use the aluminum water bottles. (This also reduces your carbon footprint.)
There is so much chemical processing going with our immediate surroundings, it behooves us to become more educated about the products we use on a daily basis.
I recommend you do your own research, just like I did.