What are the health risks (if any) to microwaving my frozen lunch in the plastic containter is comes in? #1 plastic PETE



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    The general answer is that if products are clearly labeled as “microwave safe,” then it should be fine. However, this advice has been called into question by tests conducted by a Dr. Fred Vom Saal, who tested ten product containers for chemical leachings, specifically bisphenol-A or BPA. These containers were all marked as “microwave safe,” but he discovered that BPA was leaching out of every single one of them despite falling into the categories of plastic #1, 2 and 5, which are thought to be some of the safer plastics.

    BPA is found in a lot of common products that we potentially may be using everyday, such as reusable water bottles, microwaveable containers, and baby bottles. Studies have linked this chemical to higher counts of heart disease, diabetes, and hormone development problems. It mimics estrogen, a natural hormone, which may cause the body to initiate reactions that are not necessary and possibly even harmful.

    It is not likely that exposure to small amounts of BPA will do any damage on a day-to-day basis, but it may be safer to just switch to other kinds of containers for microwaving food.

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