In case you missed yesterday's blog...
Taking A Closer Look At 6 Toxic Products
You Very Likely Have In Your Home...
This week, I’m going to continue to write you short, powerful blogs exploring why I never bring any of these 6 items into my home - and why my clients don’t any more either - and I’ll give you my favourite healthy alternatives.
We've already covered:
- Energy Saving Light Bulbs
- Fabric Softeners
- Air Fresheners
- Antibacterial Soap
Some of these items might seem quite random and quite harmless to you, but many contain substances which have not been tested for safety, so we're going to dig deeper into the health consequences of having them in your home, and after this week you may think twice about buying them again too.
Our modern world is filled with faster and more convenient products. From internet surfing on the move on the latest Smart phone, to the ping of the microwave on your 5-minute ready meal. There is one material that plays a very large part in our fast living, disposable lifestyle and that is plastic.
6 Reasons To Reconsider Using Plastic Food Storage & Plastic Water Bottles
- Most plastics are made from petrochemicals, chemcial compounds dervied from fossil fuels. Not only are they bad for us, they are bad for the planet.
- Phthalates found in plastic, have been linked to genital deformity in baby boys and low birth weight if mum is exposed during pregnancy. They are hormone and endcorine disruptors. It makes me wonder about the rapidly rising fertility problems we now have.
- BPA or bisphenol-A is also an endocrine disruptor found in many plastics, that can cross the placental barrier during pregnancy and exposure has also been identified as a risk for ADHD and cancer.
- In recent years many manufacturers, with increasing consumer awareness around the dangers of BPA, have jumped on the ‘BPA free’ marketing to consumers. BPA-free products have still been found to contain bisphenols of equal toxicity, so you may decide you want to limit your plastic exposure all together.
- Microwaving plastic containers encourages the chemicals to leach into the food, particularly with fatty foods, (and of course microwaving food throws up a whole new set of health worries in it self as it changes the molecular structure of the food).
- If a plastic container is labeled 'microwave safe', it's not refering to its health safety rating (of which there is none), it's refering to the containers ability to withstand microwaving. Frederick vom Saal, the University of Missouri researcher who studied BPA for more than a decade and oversaw the tests for the Journal Sentinel, said, “There is no such thing as safe microwaveable plastic”. In his research he found ”all 10 products labelled ‘microwave safe’ tested leached BPA”
7 Tips To Rethink Your Food Storage Solutions
- Focus on good quality storage in your kitchen. Glass, wood or stainless steel materials are my preferred choices.
- Steer clear of plastic as much as possible, as they contain hormone disruptors, which to me just doesn’t make sense to use when I'm going to all the trouble of making healthy meals.
- Some of the storage I use still has plastic lids, like my beloved rectangular pyrex dishes, but I make sure that I don’t overfill them so the contents don't reach the lid and I never put the lids near hot food. So, if you’re batch cooking and freezing meal portions, wait until the food has completely cooled before putting any plastic lids on.
- When I buy fresh foods stored in plastic bags, like my super food powders, I immediately decant them into glass jars.
- I use an organic UK multi farm based delivery service and they use mostly cardboard and paper to pack their food, which is far preferable to the overwhelming amount of plastic used in supermarket packaging.
- I love the different sized rectangular Pyrex dishes with lids. The rectangular shape makes them so much more practical for storing and stacking in the fridge and freezer, and it also means they’re in a dish that can be popped straight into the oven too.
- I also have 500ml jars, which are great for storing sauces and leftovers. I also find that when leftovers are stored in glass containers in the fridge I'm a lot less likely to forget about them because they are so much more visible.
- I also like to use beautiful old-fashioned glass milk bottles for storing my homemade almond milk and freshly made vegetable juices.
Make a commitment to improving your health now by reducing your exposure to plastic chemicals and have some fun looking for better, safer alternatives to food storage. There really is no shortage of choice when you start looking around for alternatives to boring, toxic plastic containers.