Microwaving Plastic Drives Me Crazy
It's been a while since my last post, but with good reason: I opened my own gym on June 1st and it's been a crazy few weeks getting everything ready and running smoothly.
I'll post pics asap, but for now, I'll let you know it's a 2,000 sq ft location in Vernon CT and it's everything I've ever dreamed of; yes, I love nutrition, but I also love, love, love fitness (people used to think I lived at my old gym because I was there so much). So now, I can work doing what I love more full time and help people become healthier and more fit all in one place. It's a dream come true!
Now, onto the topic of this post: Microwaving plastic containers.
One thing that I'm sure is going to be exposed in a few more years is that microwaving plastic containers - from steamer veggie bags, to plastic-contained frozen lunch meals - is a huge source of carcinogenic compounds that plays into our increased incidence and severity of cancer.
Plus, microwaving food just makes it taste totally disgusting.
In fact, just recently, scientists released a paper showing that all these plastic containers we use today do in fact emit highly estrogenic chemicals that disrupt our normal endocrinological profile.
Although they couldn't clearly test how much of these chemicals are actually taken up by the body or influence our own organ and cellular function, they do feel that the risk of exposure is not worth their useage.
Particularly: microwaving plastic, leaving plastic bottles in direct sunlight and dishwashing plastic releases these compounds at levels high enough to be a danger to adults and children.
To read more on this, check out the recent piece I wrote for Prograde Nutrition:
Let me know what you think.
Then, when you buy frozen veggies, make sure you do NOT cook them in their plastic bag in the microwave - sure it may be "microwave safe" but it's probably not HUMAN-safe.
And, avoid microwave frozen lunches and bring leftovers to work instead that you cook on a non-plastic dishware. There's no reason we have to eat foods cooked like this, as we have so many more safe and healthy options.