For convenience reasons, food containers have become extremely common in our kitchens in recent years. Very useful when preparing large quantities of food, they have the advantage of keeping almost all foods fresh and tasty for longer. On the market they can be found in different materials, but mainly they are made of glass and plastic. The most common of the two are the plastic ones, thanks to their low cost and lower weight. But what are the best containers for storing food in a healthy way? And is it true that plastic containers are bad for your health?
In this article, we will talk about this popular method of storing food that could be bad for your health.
The dangers of plastic containers
While plastic has the advantage of being cheap, it presents a problem when heating it. In fact, when we fill these containers with hot food, the polycarbonate of which they are composed tends to release chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates (DEHP). Of the organic compounds recognized byHigher Institute of Health to have effects on the reproductive system, neurodevelopment and the immune system, especially in early childhood.
Why choose glass ones instead
Instead of plastic it would therefore be preferable to choose glass. The glass containers, of which we have already spoken in a previous one article, in fact, they do not release foreign elements in the foods they contain. They are therefore healthier for our body and are also completely recyclable, unlike plastic. Glass is also a more elegant material, with a retro and beautiful look, but also cheaper than plastic in the long run. In fact, a glass container lasts practically the whole life while the plastic ones deteriorate within a few years and must be continually repurchased.
This is why this widespread method of preserving food that could be bad for health should be replaced by the use of glass, a healthier and more eco-friendly material.