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  • Did You Know........?

    3 posts, 3 voices, 620 views, started Sep 21, 2011

    Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by Denise Richardson




    • Diamond
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      Did you know microwaving foods in plastic containers may percolate chemicals into your food and decompose them, which can take away all the benefits?
      Many prepared foods come in plastic microwavable containers.  Recently, concerns about the safety of eating foods cooked in microwavable plastic containers have been raised.  

      To analyze the problem, you need to understand which plastics are considered microwave-safe.
      Plastics are classified 1 to 7, according to recycling types. Of these, numbers 1, 2 and 5 are considered safe and free from BPA (Bisphenol A).
      BPA retards growth and causes neurological defects in humans. However, don't assume that even these plastics are microwave-safe. Some of the microwave-safe labeled plastics have been found to contain traces of BPA.

      The bottom line
      Here are some things to keep in mind when using the microwave:
      Most takeout containers, water bottles, and plastic tubs or jars made to hold margarine, yogurt, whipped topping, and foods such as cream cheese, mayonnaise, and mustard are not microwave-safe.
      Microwavable takeout dinner trays are formulated for one-time use only and will say so on the package.
      Don't microwave plastic storage bags or plastic bags from the grocery store.
      Before microwaving food, be sure to vent the container: Leave the lid ajar, or lift the edge of the cover.
      Don't allow plastic wrap to touch food during microwaving because it may melt. Wax paper, kitchen parchment paper, or white paper towels are alternatives.
      If you're concerned about plastic wraps or containers in the microwave, transfer food to glass or ceramic containers labeled for microwave oven use.






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