Food Containers and Chemical Effects on Food

If we look around,  our food is always touching plastic. Food gets processed on plastic equipment, and packaged in plastic boxes. At home, we keep the leftovers in plastic containers. That’s why we need to stop and think about the effects of the plastic on our food.

Food Containers and Chemical Effects on Food

Tips on how to avoid Medical problems

If we look around,  our food is always touching plastic. Food gets processed on plastic equipment, and packaged in plastic boxes. At home, we keep the leftovers in plastic containers. Thats why we need to stop and think about the effects of the plastic on our food.

Plastic containers contain several chemicals, some of which are said to be harmful. You should avoid two chemicals in particular: Bisphenol A and phthalates. To avoid these two, you need to know the type of plastic youre using. You can identify the type of plastic in a container by looking at the recycling code number and heres what each number means.

-Type 1: Polyethylene Teraphthalate

This type is light-weight, clear and smooth; its made to be used only once and not reused. This types containers have the symbol "PET" on them.

-Type 2: High-Density Polyethylene

This type is not known to contain any hurtful chemicals. This types containers have the symbol "HDPE" on them.

-Type 3: Polyvinyl Chloride

Polyvinyl chloride contains phthalates that can cause reproductive problems in animals and humans. Polyvinyl chloride containers have the symbol "V" on them.

-Type 4: Low-Density Polyethylene

This type is flexible and resistant to solvents. It does not contain any known harmful chemicals. This types containers have the symbol "LDPE" on them.

-Type 5: Polypropylene

Polypropylene containers do not leach injurious chemicals into foods or liquids. Type 5 plastic is flexible, hard  and has high resistance to solvents. This types containers have the symbol "PP" on them.

-Type 6: Polycarbonate

The containers made of this type should be avoided because they may contain bisphenol A that leaches into their contents. Type 6 plastics often have the symbol "PC" or "Other" on them.

 

Finally, make sure to choose wisely the type of plastic for your food containers so you wont end up being harmed by them.

Food Containers and Chemical Effects on Food