OK ! I must confess…
Every time I want to heat something in my microwave, I quickly turn over the dish and look for the “MICROWAVE SAFE” sign.
Are you just like me?
It’s just so convenient right?
Well, guess what?
I just found out that this could be REALLY DANGEROUS!
Not just for you, it’s EXTREMELY DANGEROUS for YOUR CHILD.
It could pose some serious dangers in your child’s health now or may be later.
As the saying goes, “Better be safe than sorry!!”
Allow me to explain.
IS IT SAFE TO HEAT BABY MILK AND FOOD IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS, EVEN IF IT SAYS “MICROWAVE SAFE”?
People are divided in their opinions about this.
There is a lot of information available on the internet as well as in the print media.
‘Microwave safe’ plastic containers come as a very handy option to heat up your baby/child’s food.
But, the question remains whether you should be actually using these?
The point of concern here is the leaching OF CHEMICALS FROM THE PLASTIC INTO THE FOOD, when heated up.
Nobody has been able to claim that all plastic wares with ‘Microwave Safe’ labels are bad to be used.
However, there have been instances where even good quality tested plastics have been found to leach some potent carcinogenic chemicals into the food.
1. Carcinogenic chemicals in plastic
The best quality plastic wares with rating ‘5’ have also been found to contain phthalates and BPA.
These are potent carcinogens which are readily found in plastics and toiletries.
Don’t heat your child’s food in low-grade plastic.
Generally, the plastic wares with 1-4 labelling are found to be safe.
But ‘How Safe?’ no one knows.
Do you Microwave Baby Food / Food for your Child ?
When you make and freeze baby food or any food, DO NOT HEAT IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS even if they say ‘Microwave Safe.’
A lot has to go into finding out about THE REACTION OF HEAT WITH PLASTIC and the researches are going on.
2. Health Hazard
The reproductive system of your child is always at stake when harmful chemicals leach in to the food.
This shows that heating in plastic may be a slow killer.
Not in the literal sense, but it surely poses serious health risks to your child in the long run.
Researchers have also suggested that there may be DELAY IN PUBERTY once your child grows up or some related concerns may crop up when these chemicals are consumed regularly.
One of the researches by the American Medical Council, also suggests that the chemical leaching from plastic could put you at risk of developing ‘32’ different cancers.
Now JUST IMAGINE the effect it could have on your child in the long run.
3. Heating milk for your child
It has been found that the chemicals leach much faster in hot water than in normal room temperature water.
Think about the risk it poses if by any chance there is chemical leaching in the plastic wares.
You will find many good nursing practices officially encouraging the use of glass milk bottles over the plastic ones.
4. Heating Acidic food in plastic ware
Acidic foods such as tomato gravy, tomato curries, tomato soup or fatty or greasy food have greater chances of containing leached chemical from plastic.
Acidic food provides the right pH for leaching to happen when plastic is heated.
5. Standing Near a Running Microwave
DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD ANYWHERE NEAR A RUNNING MICROWAVE.
Standing/Sitting even 1 foot away from your microwave while it’s running, exposes you / your child to almost 400MilliGauss – a small amount of 4MilliGauss is firmly linked to LEUKEMIA.
OTHER BAD EFFECTS THAT A MICROWAVE CAN HAVE ON YOUR CHILD:
- Can lead to Cataract in the future
- Eye and Vision problems
- Frequent Urination
- Heart Problems in adulthood
You can still choose to store your food in plastic containers but heating in plastic ware is surely not safe at all times.
A lot needs to be explored further but until then, try to keep your child safe by switching to Microwave Safe Glass Ware.
Hope this provided a deep insight to good food heating practices for your child.
Children are more sensitive to such adulteration, if any, in food.
They need to be nurtured with the best quality nutrition as they are growing very fast.