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PLASTICS MAKE IT [CANCER?] POSSIBLE
The story of Norm and Ned
NORM: You can’t drink tap water – are you crazy?? All those chemicals… Here, drink this bottled water.
NED: Wait, how old is this?
NORM: Not very. I bought it last week. I thought I was seeing you over the weekend…but …ok, you caught me… I refilled it with filtered water from home and it was in my car for a day or two. Drink up!
NED: Norm, isn’t it 100 degrees outside? The inside of your car probably got to over 200 degrees Fahrenheit this week… don’t the chemicals leech from the plastic in to the water? And aren’t you NOT supposed to re-use those bottles? Doesn’t it, like, SAY that on the label?
One day later
NORM: Here you go, Ned – it’s one of those fancy BPA-free bottles. Filled, once again, with fresh, filtered water AND kept in the fridge. Now, will you drink it?
NED: What’s BPA? And why is it free?
NORM: Ned! Do you live in a hole? BPA – also known as – bisphenol A, is a hormone imitator said to be a carcinogen.
NED: A “car- what” ?
NORM: Gah! Ned! For heaven’s sake… A carcinogen is something that scientists say causes cancer. In this case, Dr. Patisaul from the Dept. of Biology at North Carolina State says that BPA appears to interfere with the hormone Estrogen. Estrogen is really important in organizing brain cells and regulating other organ functions. This interference causes cellular mutations that lead to cancers.
NED: Oh! Yes! BPA-free! I thought for sure I had misheard you… *takes newspaper from pocket* I have an article here from the equally prestigious periodical Environmental Health Perspectives that specifically states a study they conducted found that products labeled “BPA-free” released MORE chemicals than BPA-containing products during microwave conduction…
NORM & NED: So what’s the truth, MISSFIT?
MISSFIT: The truth is that the jury is still out on Plastics overall – BUT there does appear to be STRONG correlation between the heating of plastic [in microwaves or simply sitting in cars all day] and the release of a VARIETY of chemicals. While too few longitudinal studies have been completed to call them all cancer-causing, none of these chemicals appear to be super healthy and should be avoided whenever possible.
As often as you can, opt for stainless steel, glass, and ceramic options to house hot and cold food/beverage items alike. This helps the environment as well because plastic sits in landfills for hundreds of years before it even starts to disintegrate.
As far as reheating goes, opt for stove top, slow cooker, and oven-based methods as much as possible.
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