Plastic vs. Glass Containers

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Would it raise a red flag if your doctor told you to not eat anything out of a plastic container? For me it definitely did when my naturopath said that to me! One of the lifestyle changes that I made early on in my process of going green was getting rid of the plastic containers in my kitchen.

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Plastics can be made up of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, sulfur, chlorine, and nitrogen. Then there are additives put in it to make it softer, more durable, able to be heated repeatedly, etc. A couple common types of plastics are Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, Polycarbonate and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). These are plastics that may contain phthalates and Bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA and phthalates are known hormonal toxins, and may be developmental, organ system, and reproductive toxins. These are chemicals that we wouldn’t want to put on our bodies, so we should not be ok with ingesting them.

In my pursuit to get healthy, I got rid of every plastic container (cups, plates, food storage, ice cube trays, straws, etc.) in my kitchen. It is one baby step that is doable and not overwhelming. All these little steps toward better health add up! I use the Pyrex brand of glass containers for mixing bowls, baking dishes. I also have a set of Best Choice glass containers. With both sets there are plastic lids (BPA free) which should not be left on when heating food. I am currently looking for glass containers that do not have plastic lids. I love using the glass versus the plastic because glass doesn’t stain, hold in odors, or leach anything. Glass containers are more expensive to purchase. The one drawback for my family is that we will have to buy containers more often due to them breaking when dropped. Using the glass gives me more peace of mind with my family. I don’t want them to be eating or drinking chemicals from the container their food is stored in.

Thank you so much for reading! What is your favorite brand of glass container? Comment below. Remember to follow my blog for updates on new posts.

 

*I am not a scientist or chemist, so this post is purely my opinion based on internet research I have done. *

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