Why You Shouldn’t Microwave Plastic

Life Without A Microwave

One of my first moves in becoming a true Holistic A-Hole was to rid my life of my microwave.

This was 6 years ago and I haven’t looked back.

Before this transformational moment I couldn’t imagine my life without a microwave.

The microwave was as much apart of my young life as a pair of dirty basketball shoes or sleeveless shirts.

Very few things I ate didn’t see the inside of a microwave.

Pizza, leftover spaghetti, popcorn, frozen dinners all kept me well fed and undernourished.

And all needed less than 2 minutes to make thanks to my handy 20th century miracle kitchen appliance.

A lot of times, I’d take leftovers and put them in the microwave along with the plastic container I kept them in.

The thought of this being a problem never crossed my mind. I was just hungry and the shortest path between the food and my belly was the microwave.

Taking the food out of the plastic and putting it on a plate or a glass bowl seemed like a waste of time.

Little did I know that the plastic I was heating was literally driving me crazy.

Added Toxic Ingredients

Any time you subject plastic to heat there will be melting and leaching.

I remember countless work lunches, heating up a Lean Cuisine thinking I was doing something good for my body.

Sure, there was less than 300 calories in that fettucini alfredo and guaranteed 6-pack abs.

But thanks to the small tray the food was in, I was unknowingly dosing myself with a helping of toxic chemicals.

Let’s not forget the plastic wrap that I was supposed to cut holes in to form a state of the art ventilation system… to give it that authentic Italian kitchen touch.

Every day, unknowingly, my $2 lunch included an extra helping of xenobiotic chemicals.

Mama Mia!

Meet The Chemicals

The most written about plastic chemical in circulation today is bisphenol A, aka BPA.

The purpose of BPA is to harden the plastics.

BPA is a xenoestrogen that exhibits estrogen-mimicking properties.

Xenoestrogens can be problematic for men and women.

For men, they have been tied to testicular cancer and reproductive problems.

In women, they can be attributed to breast cancer, PCOS, miscarriages and thyroid disorders.

Plastics will also give you a dose of Phthalates which are used to make the plastics more flexible.

Phthalates lead to testosterone problems and have been tied to male penis problems, allergies and eczema.

BPA-Free Plastic

But of course industry has your back and wants you to feel safe.

This is why they ditched the BPA (which makes you wonder why it was in there in the first place).

Now you can buy BPA-free plastics made from acrylic, polystyrene, polyethersulfone, and Tritan™.

Well, at least those chemicals are safe and aren’t used in infant products.
Oh, wait… Turns out those BPA-free chemicals also exhibit estrogen activity and are found in infant products.

There are however other BPA-free ingredients that don’t leach estrogen activity inducing chemicals.

These include glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate, cyclic olefin polymer or co-polymer resins.

If you are purchasing any plastics, especially for your baby, make sure they include the more harmless ones.

Consequences In The Body

Sure these leaching plastics wont kill you on the spot.

They are making a gradual withdraw from your overall health status.

You want to do everything you can to protect your hormones and organs.

Hormonal health can be visceral and when it’s not working right you can feel the disturbance.

Especially in your mental health.

Why do you feel so overly emotional? Does life feel too stressful sometimes? Do you have a hard time just feeling happy?

This roller coaster of emotions is a reflection of the dysregulation in your hormones.

If you’re doing everything you can to live and eat healthily but still feel like a wreck, maybe your problem is simply the container your healthy food is in.

Before you nuke that kale burrito, be responsible and put it on a plate and hit the popcorn button.

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