If the food’s in plastic, what’s in the food?
My dear Tumblr readers and followers—do me a personal favor, could you please? Make sure you are not taking home take-out food in those plastic containers and heating them up in the microwave. As a bioplastics guy (plastics from plants not oil) I am WELL-AWARE that offgassing from heated take-out trays, among MANY OTHER PLASTIC ITEMS, is extremely bad for you. The take-out containers are just one source, but an extremely potent source: when heated to food temperature of 150 degrees F and higher, they offput gas and solids into your food.
This is why I am focused on bioplastic.
In a study published last year in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers put five San Francisco families on a three-day diet of food that hadn’t been in contact with plastic. When they compared urine samples before and after the diet, the scientists were stunned to see what a difference a few days could make: The participants’ levels of bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to harden polycarbonate plastic, plunged — by two-thirds, on average — while those of the phthalate DEHP, which imparts flexibility to plastics, dropped by more than half.
More from Washington Post HERE.