The use of plastic products as food containers is often associated with various health problems that afflict humans, such as cancer and reproductive disorders. Indeed, not all plastics cause harmful effects on the health of the body. Therefore, this is where it is important to know which plastic products are safe and which are not.
There are so many plastic products that are sold in the markets, with different types
The important thing to avoid is plastic containers made of polycarbonate (type 7 plastic). This type 7 plastic container has been shown to release harmful chemicals, known as the hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), into food after repeated use.
Apart from BPA, there are other chemicals commonly found in plastic containers. Plastic containers made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE, or type 1) plastics, such as those in soft drink bottles are OK if they are used only one time. But it will be carcinogenic if used more than once. This is due to the release of hormone- disrupting phthalates.
The same goes for some plastic containers made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC, or type 3 plastic). This material is proven to release cancer-causing chemicals. In addition, plastic containers made of polystyrene (PS, or type 6 plastic, also known as Styrofoam), have very harmful effects on health. Styrene which is the basic ingredient of styrofoam can interact with the skin, eyes, and can even cause respiratory problems, depression, fatigue effects, kidney disorders, and damage to the central nervous system. In this scenario Tupperware storage containers are your saciour.
How Safe Are Tupperware Products?
Ok, let’s recognize the 7 types of plastic that are around us, which we need to choose safely, use carefully or avoid being used. We can recognize it by the symbol that is usually printed near the bottom of the plastic which is called the resin number.
Safe options for use in categories 2, 4 and 5. While categories 1 and 7 need to be used with caution. Examples of large or small mineral water bottles can only be used once because when used repeatedly the polymer layer in the bottle comes out and can cause danger.
And most importantly, try to avoid the use of plastics from categories 3 and 6, especially in the provision of food. Please and please don’t serve it to guests to fill hot food and drinks because this category of plastic is not heat-resistant. Polysterene is very dangerous for the health of the brain and reproductive system. Plastic can affect hormonal imbalances and can cause various risks of dangerous diseases such as cardiovascular, cancer, and others. Try to minimize the use of plastic and if necessary use plastic choose from no resin such as 2, 4, and 5.
In addition, the issue of using plastic when using the steaming method is samaada to provide nutritious food or to produce traditional cakes. It’s best to use a stainless steel pan or bamboo steamer which is safer than using plastic-based containers. Although these containers are proven to be safe for use at high temperatures using the steaming method, they are still capable of bringing harm in the long term.