We all know about reading food and nutrition labels but what about checking the packaging itself?
People are being advised that when they purchase bottled water, they should have a peek at the bottom of the bottle.
Many plastic bottles are labelled HDP, HDPE, PP and those are good because they don't release toxic chemicals into the water. Any other combination of letters and numbers and you're looking at chemicals in your water.
Here is some of what you might find:
#1 PET or PETE
Used to denote single use bottles. These bottles could be releasing heavy chemicals that wreak havoc with hormone balances. Repeated use only makes it worse. It increases the risk of chemical contamination and bacteria growth.
#2 HDP or HDPE
These plastics release relatively no chemicals. Experts suggest these bottles are the way to go. This is the strong plastic they use to make things like milk jugs and detergent bottles.
#3 PVC or 3V
This plastic releases chemicals into the body that can do some damage. This is the plastic used for things like garden hoses and window framing because it is practice impervious to sunlight.
This is a white coloured or semi transparent plastic. The kind used for yogurt cups.
This one has been known to release carcinogenic substances and is commonly found in coffee cups and fast food casings. It is basically the same stuff they use to make foam packing peanuts.
#7 PC or non-labeled plastic
This is the most dangerous plastic in food production. It releases BPA chemicals and is often found in sports water bottles and food containers. This category was created as a catch all so recycling standards are not established for this group. The biggest problem is the potential for chemical leaching. BPA is a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor.
Some of these sound ok, others, not so much. If you wouldn't eat food that was sitting loose in packing peanuts, why would you consume something that came out of a take-out container made of the same stuff?
I'm thinking it is time to go back to glass...
What do you think? Is plastic scary stuff or is this much ado about nothing?
Source: Living Traditionally
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