Plastic kitchenware is great, lightweight, inexpensive and convenient. Plastic cutlery is even better; you get to use it and don’t even have to wash it! How about plastic containers? We use them everywhere, at work, at cook outs, when you order delivery or carry out, etc.
Everyone loves to use microwave-safe plastic containers to heat up last night’s leftovers. We use plastic utensils to cook, they won’t scratch the skillet and don’t transfer heat as much as metal utensils.
It’s easy to hoard plastic take-out containers when you don’t know the real dangers pertaining to plastic.
Plastics contain chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and phthalates that can get into your food.
“We know that plastics with BPA have been linked to cancer, [poor] brain health, and [poor] heart health, so we really want to be careful and get everything with BPA out of our kitchen. And we certainly don’t want to microwave with it. When you microwave your food in plastic, the high heat really increases the release of those chemicals,” Glassman warned.
Leaching can also escalate whenever plastic touches acidic, fatty or salty foods.