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Microwaves and Plastic: A Dangerous Combo

Microwave Hazards

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  • Plastic contains any number of endocrine-disrupting and other chemicals; heating it in the microwave accelerates their transfer into your food
  • Ninety-five percent of plastic products subjected to real-world usage conditions, like microwaving, tested positive for estrogenic, hormone-disrupting activity
  • Heat has been found to increase the rate of chemical transfer from plastic into food by up to 55-fold

By Dr. Mercola

I don’t recommend storing your food in plastic or cooking it in a microwave, but if you’re going to use either, at least don’t use them together. Microwaving food in a plastic container virtually guarantees that your food will be contaminated with plastics chemicals that have leached into your food during the heating process.

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