07 July 2006

Teflon and Plastic in Your Lifestyle?

In March, after receiving the chain email several times about not using plastic in the microwave, I did some research on the health issues surrounding this, and Teflon, as well. Here's what I found, and where I found the info.

Basically, we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. The combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, the recommendation is to use glass cookware.

Plastic wrap, such as SaranWrap, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.

In the 50 years between the start of commercial production and the phaseout announcement by 3M of Teflon for use in cookware, many millions of pounds of PFOS chemicals have entered the environment and now contaminate the blood of people and wildlife to an extraordinary extent.

In 1997, 3M found PFOS in supposedly clean samples from blood banks all over the world. PFOS can be found in children, in polar bears from Alaska, and in bald eagles from the Great Lakes.

Although research is still evolving, PFOS is known to damage the liver and to produce severe birth defects in lab animals, among other health effects.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says PFOS chemicals combine "persistence, bioaccumulation, and toxicity properties to an extraordinary degree."



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