Friday, August 3, 2012

Plastic Facts You Should Know

Plastic is inexpensive, one of the many reasons why it is so commonly used everywhere. But on the other hand, plastic containers plus heat = BAD! it is for the reason that it can release a harmful chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) when heated which can affect brains of babies, fetuses and children.

But we can use plastic safely as well if only we know the proper way of using it.

First, choose BPA-free plastic containers. If you are not sure, check the number stamped on the bottom that identifies the type of plastic. Be sure you have types 2, 4 and 5 plastics which are considered to be the safest. Don't choose type 7 which has a high risk of BPA contents.

Always cool heated food first before putting them on the container. Otherwise, just put your food in nonplastic containers.

A good rule of thumb is that avoid microwaving in plastic. Heat degrades any plastic over time and degraded material can get into your food which is a health risk.