Could toxic chemicals be leaching from pots and pans into your food?
Recent research suggests that what you cook and store your food in—not just the ingredients you use—may have an effect on your health and wellbeing.
Avoid Bisphenol A (BPA). Found in many plastics—like bottles, boxes and the lining of most canned foods—this chemical can leach into your food and drink, especially if you heat the container. Even organic and apparently healthful canned products, such as vegetable soup, tuna and baby food, have been found to be contaminated with BPA at low levels.
Low levels of exposure over time are linked to infertility, attention deficit disorder, thyroid malfunction, obesity, breast and prostate cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As an endocrine disrupter, BPA might also pose risks for early puberty. Pregnant women, babies and young children are most vulnerable.
Best to store food in glass containers, not plastic. In particular, avoid plastics labelled with recycle codes 3 and 7. Use more fresh produce and minimise reliance on canned products. Blood and urine levels of BPA drop significantly if you switch to a fresh-food diet.
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