Microwaving in Plastic Containers

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Health

I was reading an article a few years ago (wish I saved the link) that really stuck in my mind and changed some of my habits for life.  It was an article by a prominent doctor about the most important things you can do to stay healthy and live a long life.

As I started the article I wasn’t expecting to glean anything spectacular, as I consider myself well read in the area of health.  The doctor started his list with the obvious advice: eat healthy, low fat meals…..regular exercise….and there may have been other points, but none struck me as news bulletins.  But then the doctor stated something that really caught my attention:  Do NOT microwave your food in plastic containers!

Of course, I had heard this advice before, however the fact that a well known doctor listed it as a health factor that he considered just as important as eating right and exercise really stood out in my mind.  This was not some quack doctor on the fringe.  Since then, I have stopped microwaving food in plastic containers, even those containers that claim to be microwaveable.

Do I feel any different now that I am not microwaving in plastic?  No, I feel the same really.  However, I definitely think I am healthier on the inside.  We don’t know everything there is to know about plastics; compounds that we were once told were 100% safe are now known to be carcinogens.  If you still microwave in plastic, please do some research and know your risks.  Technology should help us, not kill us!

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Comments
  1. Richard Wong says:

    Excellent point about plastic containers. Any material that can volatilize and enter your food shouldn’t be microwaved. This includes Styrofoam. Great new blog!

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