The convenience is almost impossible to resist. And honestly, as busy as we all are these days who has the time to cook fresh, homemade meals EVERY single night of the week?
It’s really no wonder that most of us recruit our microwave to take some of the burden off our backs.
And while many of us may wonder if “nuking” our food in the microwave might be bad for us, most of us still go ahead and zap those leftovers at least once a week.
Is YOUR microwaved food toxic?
Well the answer is, “it depends.”
Because every time you microwave your dinner, you could be adding some “toxic” ingredients to your meal.
But the problem isn’t the microwave radiation as you might imagine. It’s what you’re microwaving your food IN that’s the issue.
Because it turns out those “microwave safe” stamps on your containers aren’t a guarantee they’re safe at all.
Sure, they won’t turn into a puddle of plastic on the bottom of your microwave. But they could also be releasing a sickening dose of phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA) into your food.
Which means you may be getting a mouthful of unwanted hidden chemicals with each bite.
Microwave some endocrine-disrupting chemicals for dinner
As you may recall, phthalates and BPA are likely 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’re a man or a woman you definitely DON’T want to be eating this stuff!
Chances are you’ve heard of BPA before. I’ve been warning you about it for years here in Healthier Talk. This creepy chemical has been associated with fertility problems and breast cancer.
In fact, BPA is so troubling the typically wishy-washy FDA flat out banned it in baby bottles in 2012. They feared 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
If you’re thinking about forking over more hard earned cash to replace your old microwave containers with fancy new BPA-free plastic 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 need to microwave something switch to ceramic or glass containers instead.
Listen, I get it. You’re busy. You can’t possibly whip up a gourmet meal with all the trimmings every single night of the week. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t think a personal chef will be in my budget anytime soon.
But whenever possible you should still make an effort to fix your own fresh meals cooked on the stovetop or in your regular oven. And if you take a page out of the restaurant-kitchen, play book and practice some prep-cooking you may be surprised by how many more homemade meals you can pull off.
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 or ceramic containers until you’re ready to use them.
Stop making the microwave mistake that could literally make you sick.