Experts Are Warning Parents To Stop Feeding Their Children Food From Plastic Containers
In today’s day and age, it seems like practically everything can be harmful to ourselves and our children. For years, there’s been a debate regarding whether or not plastic containers are harmful. And although there are differing opinions on the subject, a recent report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics sheds some important new light on the matter.
The report revealed that bisphenols (such as BPA, which is used to harden plastic containers) can act like estrogen in the body and potentially change the timing of puberty, decrease fertility, increase body fat, and affect the nervous and immune systems. Although BPA is now banned from baby bottles and sippy cups, it’s still found in many other plastic containers.
The report reveals that “food additives” (which in this case means plastic from food containers) is especially concerning for children because they are more sensitive to chemical exposure. They eat and drink more relative to body weight than adults do, and they are still growing and developing.
Because heat can cause BPA and other chemicals to leak from plastic and into food, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents avoid microwaving food or beverage containers made from plastic. The same goes when it comes to the dishwasher. They also suggest using containers made from glass or stainless steel as alternatives to plastic ones.
The more we know about the dangers of chemical leakage found in plastic containers, the better able we are to protect our families from potential health problems. Switching over to glass or stainless steel containers is an extremely simple fix for a potentially damaging health problem. You can click here if you’re interested in reading the full report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.