We all do it. I mean everyone is so busy these days who has the time to cook fresh, homemade meals EVERY night? And frankly it’s almost impossible to resist the convenience.
I’m talking about nuking your dinner in the microwave, of course.
And while many of us have wondered if microwaving cooking might be bad for us, most of us still give in and zap those leftovers at least once a week.
Microwave food may be laced with toxins
Well it turns out that you might be adding some unwanted, and toxic, ingredients to your meal, every time you do according to disturbing report in TIME.
But the problem doesn’t stem from the microwave radiation as you might imagine. It’s what we’re microwaving our food IN that’s the issue. Because those “microwave safe” stamps on your food containers don’t assure that they are safe at all.
Sure, your microwave-safe containers won’t turn into a puddle of plastic on the bottom of your microwave. But they could be releasing phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA) into your food which means you could be getting a dose of these nasty chemicals with each bite.
Microwaving could introduce endocrine-disrupting chemicals
As you may recall, phthalates and BPA are potential endocrine disruptors, which is a fancy way of saying they can wreak all kinds of havoc with your hormones. BPA can fool your body into thinking its estrogen. While phthalates can put up a roadblock against testosterone.
In other words, no matter if you are a man or a woman you definitely DON’T want to be eating this stuff!
Chances are you’ve heard of BPA before. Folks like me have been sounding the alarm about this creepy chemical that’s been associated with fertility problems and even breast cancer. In fact, the chemical is so ugly the typically wishy-washy FDA flat out banned it in baby bottles in 2012 over fears of what it might be doing to the most vulnerable among us, our children.
And studies have found a link between phthalates and breast cancer too.
Beware of creepy chemicals in your food
I know it’s easier said than done, but this is one more reason to make your best effort to fix fresh, nutritious (and chemical-free) foods whenever possible. Because it’s not just microwaving leftovers at home that you have to worry about. Many fast-food containers are stuffed full of phthalates too.
And if you’re thinking about forking over more cash to replace your old microwave containers with fancy new BPA-Free versions don’t bother. The chemicals they’ve replaced BPA with are bad news too. In fact, a study in the journal Endocrinology, found that they might even be worse. So if you must microwave use ceramic or glass containers only.
Listen, I get it. You can’t possibly whip out a gourmet meal with all the fixings every single night of the week. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t think a personal chef will be in the budget anytime soon.
But take a page out of the restaurant kitchen play book and practice some prep-cooking. For example one day a week you can marinate meats, slice veggies, prepare sauces and get ready for the next week worth of meals. Store them in stainless steel containers until you’re ready to use them.
Oh, and when reheating foods why not try doing them on the stove top instead? It’s nearly as fast, and you don’t have to worry about adding chemicals to your food.
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