At present, there is a tendency to look closely at the ingredients of the food we eat, but it is also important to select the containers and utensils we use with these foods.
You may have heard some news about the danger of using certain types of plastic or other materials. In this article we explain why dispensing mainly of plastic and Teflon will help prevent possible health problems in the long run.
Bisphenol A, abbreviated as BPA, is a substance that is part of numerous plastic containers. According to a large number of scientific studies, BPA can adversely affect hormone balance And is related to pathologies such as diabetes, obesity , Infertility, breast or prostate cancer, cardiovascular problems , Alterations in neurological and cerebral development and behavioral disorders.
In France it is already banned and the European Union banned the sale of plastic bottles with this component, following in the footsteps of the United States and Canada.
In addition to bisphenol A, Other potentially toxic substances such as phthalates or expandable polystyrene.
Here's how we can avoid these effects on our health.
How do we avoid BPA?
Any plastic packaging should carry a printed recycling code , Usually at the base. We should look at this code to know what plastic it is, since not all contain the BPA nor are they equally harmful.
The plastics containing the most amount of BPA are those with the numbers 3, 7 and 10.
According to the US Children's Special Environmental Health Unit, The less harmful plastics, however, are the following numbers:
- 1 (PETE).
- 2 (HDPE).
- 4 (LDPE).
- 5 (PP).
In addition to choosing these plastics when we have no other choice of packaging, it is also important that we avoid reusing plastic bottles, as their prolonged use facilitates the release of toxic substances.
By last, We must avoid at all costs subjecting the plastic to food at high temperatures , Which includes heating food in the microwave In plastic containers. This process releases chemicals even more easily.
Whenever possible, dispense with plastics and even cans, as they usually have an inner lining that is also harmful, and Opts for glass, ceramic, wood or stainless steel containers.
Scientific studies have detected important levels of Teflon in the blood of most people, because of the gradual detachment of this non-stick material that mainly covers pots, pans and oven trays.
The toxic substance related to Teflon is perfluoroctanic acid (PFOA), which has been shown to be Potentially carcinogenic.
Alternatives to teflon
The old aluminum utensils are also not recommendable, since the exposure to this heavy metal is related to the appearance of neurodegenerative diseases like the Alzherimer or the Parkinson .
Therefore, the healthiest materials in the kitchen are:
- Stainless steel.
- Molten iron.
- Natural clay.
How do we choose?
Some of these materials may surprise us or become unknown, but the truth is that there are more and more stores that are marketing containers of natural materials that do not include components toxic to health in the long term.
We will have to investigate and try these pots and pans to find the most suitable for each type of stew since, with some it is easy to stick the food, with others we will need high temperatures, etc. Each material has its secrets.
However, in this way we can also discover new types of cooking and even inspire us in other cultures, such as steaming bamboo steamers or tajines of Arabic cuisine, made with cooked clay.
We will also take into account the prices since, Unfortunately, the most environmentally friendly and effective products, such as titanium, tend to have high prices.
In contrast, ceramic tiles are increasingly used and can be found at a good price.
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