September 2008 Issue

Tips For Replacing Plastics When You Shop, Cook And Store Your Food

Itís hard to imagine a world without plastics, which explains why itís so hard to avoid them, especially in the kitchen, where Americans buy, store, prepare, cook, wrap and serve food with this seemingly indispensable man-made substance. But now, some scientists think food and certain plastics shouldnít cross paths, because dangerous chemicals may leach from plastics into the food we eat. Although plastics have never been proven harmful to humans (perhaps only because no clinical studies have been conducted to date), research on animals in addition to environmental observations of sea life and wildlife suggest otherwise. Some experts say ingesting even small amounts of plastics over the long term could lead to increased rates of cancer, neurological and metabolic disorders, reproductive problems and a host of other ailments. Here, EN gives you a rundown on what you should know about plastics, because what you donít know just might hurt you.

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