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What About Microwaving Plastic Containers?

The recent news about the possible health risks of using polycarbonate bottles (like ones made by Nalgene) has made me a little uneasy. Now I'm wondering about about the relationship between microwaves and plastic, like the reusable food containers I heat up almost daily.

Are the high temperatures leaching chemicals into my food? Should I use ceramic or glass containers instead? To find out


According to the FDA, microwaving plastic food containers is safe, and although small amounts of chemicals from these containers may leach into your food, the amounts are small enough that they can't harm you. This statement is not exactly the reassurance I was looking for.

Fit's Tips: It's recommended to use containers that are specifically marked "microwave safe." Margarine tubs and yogurt or carryout containers from restaurants should not be reheated in the microwave. If you're unsure about the container, reheat your food into a regular plate or bowl instead. Or if you don't want to deal with plastic containers at all, you may want to pick up some glass containers with lids.

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