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What's the Deal with: Microwaving Plastic

What's the Deal with: Microwaving Plastic

You've all probably heard from someone by now that "You shouldn't microwave plastic containers," but are those rumors really true? Are harmful toxins really being released into your nuked food?

Here's the deal. The American Cancer Society basically says that when you heat something up in the microwave, some of the chemicals can seep into your food, but not enough that would be considered harmful. If that possible seepage weirds you out too much, use heat-resistant glass or ceramics for microwave cooking, like pyrex, just to be safe. Pyrex is great because it's not only microwave safe but it's also durable and cleans easily without staining your containers nasty shades of orange and brown. Get it here.

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DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I don't think this will stop me from using it. Until there's specific medical evidence that it can cause cancer, I'll be a nuker.
Fashion Fashion 10 years
I love how Tubberware has updated it's look...there's some really cute stuff available now!
redsugar redsugar 10 years
Actually the Tupperware containers you show a photo of don't stain when you reheat them. I have them and they rock. You should be more worried about keeping leftover too long in the fridge. You can get sicker off bad leftovers sooner than you would ever get sick from items made for the microwave.
dead_swanky dead_swanky 10 years
Dead_Swanky hey Fit I know i really like the south beach diet sandwhich tortilla rolls, they are high in fiber and low in cals, and pretty filling for luch, it comes in a box with two wheat rolls, a packet of chicken or whatever and a packet of salsa and a packet of cheese they only have like 240 cals and you get JELLO too!!
dead_swanky dead_swanky 10 years
Dead_Swanky I have alot of cute vintage bowls that i use for microwaving they are from the 70's , i bought them at a flea market - how do i know if they are safe for this use- if they do not say??? It is very scary!!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yeah, I had a moment a few years ago where I avoided the microwave altogether and just reheated leftovers on the stove. But you can't really do that forever. It takes up a lot of time and most people can't do that at work. Now I try to eat a lot of fresh meals when I'm at work, like salads and sandwiches that I can eat right out of the fridge. And I save the warm stuff for home. If you don't want to do that, just get in the habit of storing your food in glass containers.
audreystar audreystar 10 years
this freaked me out when i first heard it. and i tried not to freeze or heat plastic for awhile but people don't seem to realize how much plastic is really out there. i mean many things in my freezer are in plastic and must be microwaved in the packaging. and not to mention those same things are being frozen which supposedly does the same thing. a massive overhaul with the fda and food companies would have to happen for us to eliminate this problem altogether. or i have to start eating everthing fresh, canned or refrigerated only.
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