By Joshua Martyn
Aided by our addiction to takeaway food, are we giving a free pass for harmful toxins to enter our body via the plastic containers storing our food?
Takeaway food will always test our indulgences. No matter how calorie-conscious we grow, we still succumb to the “talk thin, eat fat” paradox that allures us when we come across our favourite burger stand or kebab joint.
But even as we combat the constant urge to gratify our palate, we may be overlooking a greater threat wrapped around the succulent takeaway food that we crave – The Plastic Food Container.
Plastic toxins from these containers leech on to the food that we consume, gaining undue access to our body – causing long term ailments that is not visibly apparent to us.
While countless compounds go into the making of a plastic food container, we know concerning facts about a few.
Phthalates in one such widely used chemical found in plastic food packaging. They cause a wide range of negative health impacts, from asthma, fertility problems, pregnancy complications, birth defects like Low IQ, neuro developmental issues, behavioural issues, breast cancer… and sadly the list goes on.
Then there’s the BPA or Bisphenol A, widely used in food plastics, which can seamlessly transfer onto our food, causing adverse health effects, such as infertility, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, amongst others.
Notwithstanding that these toxins freely lurk around our food, we may already be carrying copious amounts of BPA in our system. According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BPA was detected in 93% of urine samples collected from 2500 adults and children.
While the scientific evidence against plastic keeps mounting. Consider if the food you consumed today may have been stored, packaged, or heated in a plastic container.
As we reflect, the fact is, we may have come across some form of plastic, from our takeaway containers, Deli wraps, storage containers, plastic water bottles, and more. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be prudent to stay away from our indulgent tendency to consume takeaway food, rather, we could look at possibilities to circumvent from plastic to other alternatives.
Make your voice heard, demand for Eco-Friendly packaging solutions:
Being bio-degradable and compostable with no chemical side-effects, these feel-good products ensure that you are eating healthy and feeling virtuous by doing your bit for the environment.
Heating plastic is never the answer:
Be it micro-wave safe or FDA-approved plastic containers… heating plastic tends to leech chemicals 55 times faster than normal. This applies to heating food and especially liquids which has the capability of dissipating toxins faster.
Don’t go cheap on single-use plastic containers:
Looking at plastic containers, you may get the inkling to reuse them to store food. While our quest to cut costs may be admirable. It shouldn’t come at the cost of compromising our health to toxins that are even more dispersible in containers meant for one-time use.
The Bottom Line:
Plastic products relentlessly stay afloat in the market, even when they have a bad rap for causing harm to the environment, food chain, and now we know, to our bodies. With the pandemic further heightening the boom of takeaway joints and restaurants… these plastic takeaway packages will certainly find a space. It is solely our job to take efforts to limit exposure to harmful toxins permeating from plastic food containers.