Heating food in microwave can hamper your fertility too

New Delhi: Food microwaved in plastic containers can put you or your unborn child at a greater risk of infertility, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Scientists have found out that heating food in plastic containers in a microwave oven can cause high blood pressure, affect fertility, and damage the brain functioning; and other horrifying side effects. Heating plastic containers in microwave releases 95 percent of all chemicals.

Whathappens when we heat plastic in microwave?

“The mosthazardous chemicals in plastic containers are bisphenol A, commonly known asBPA, and phthalate. The BPA we ingests gets into our bloodstream and maylead to a series of problems like infertility, hormonal changes, changes ingender traits and even different types of cancers.. It can also damage brainstructure, increase in hyperactivity, aggression and obesity. They also haveside effects on animals causing testicular cancer, genital deformations, lowsperm counts, and infertility in a number of species, including polar bears,deer, whales, and others.” Says Dr Nitasha Gupta,IVF expert, Indira IVF Hospital, New Delhi 

The level ofexposure to BPA is so high that regular monitoring by CDC shows that more than90 percent of the general population has detectable level of bisphenol A intheir bodies.Plastic has other carcinogens as well including PVC, dioxin, and styrene, allof which are linked to cancer. 

“Thedisturbing truth is that heat transfers the chemicals in plastic veryeffectively into your food. When the food is heated, the food touching theplastic receives the chemicals leaching out. Eating those chemicals canincrease risks of cancer, infertility and havoc on the normal functioning ofreproductive systems and your brain.” She addedIf we heat fatty foods, the combination of plastic and food, releases hazardousand poisonous toxins which are listed as one of the main reasons of high bloodpressure leading to  heart disease, stroke, heart attacks and even death.What is “ Microwave- Safe” plastics?

“No plasticsare Microwave Safe. Its only some alternate safer chemicals which are used tominimize the dangerous effects found in traditional plastics.  Disononylphthalate (DINP) and Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) have been used to replaceother toxic phthalates in the hopes of reducing reproductive damage in thebody.  Even DINP and DIDP are linked to high blood pressure. It is alwaysbetter to make food on stove top or in your oven.” Said Dr Swati,Hyderabad based gynecologist.

Is Microwave Safe to use?

When you areusing microwave, always maintain distance. Research shows that they leakharmful radiation when in use. Most evidence show that cooking or heating foodin a microwave is not harmful. The use of wrong containers is harming yourhealth. Stop using plastic in any of your habits. 

Try to pack foods in glass containers. Glass never transfer chemicals the sameway as plastic, and is much safer for heating your meals in. Plastics and Infertility

An increasein plastic use in everyday lifestyles could be a contributing factor, causingan increase of infertility worldwide. A report from FDA states that chemicalsmostly BPA adversely effects both male and female fertility. 

“All theplastic contains toxic chemicals that have negative effect on body’s immunesystem and even hormone regulation. They mostly alter the body estrogen levelsand hence affects reproductive potential.” Added Dr SwatiAccording to a study released by American society of reproductive health, BPAinhibits embryo implantation as well, and hence it is  linked to higherlevel of In vitro-fertilization failure. It may also lead to recurrentmiscarriages. BPA can also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children. Alsoits exposure has also been linked to a variety of cancers, attention deficitdisorder in both children and adults and even diabetes.Reducing Your risk to exposure:

Rewrap yourfood, meat vegetables in safer coverings as soon as you purchase and remove theplastic coverings.Never store left overs in plastic bags or containers.Never reheat foods in microwave in plastic containers. Buy a non-BPA bottle to drink water.Well it is difficult to isolate yourself from the exposure to plastics whereplastics are used in everything. But you can limit your food and beverageexposure to these toxic chemicals and make your BPA levels low. Pregnant women have been warned to avoid food and drinks heated up in plasticcontainers as certain chemicals can increase the risk of miscarriage by 80 percentPregnant women are advised to avoid cooking or warming foods in plasticcontainers, as chemicals leaks in high temperature. Also not to drink fromplastic bottles which get warm in the sun.Our modern society encourages a lot of conveniences that unfortunately aren’tvery good for us. While it’s understandable we don’t want to interrupt ourworkflow or schedule, it’s worth taking time out to make sure that we are notpoisoning ourselves or our body.

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