That "microwave safe" label on your plastic container might not mean what you think it means. While your container won't melt or explode in the microwave, the container might not be so "safe" for your health.
That's because chemicals in the plastic can leach into your food while you heat it. And those chemicals can disrupt estrogen and testosterone levels in humans. For pregnant women, they can also impact developing fetuses.
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So what's the safest container for microwaving? Experts advise everyone microwaving food to do so in a glass or ceramic container. They also recommend that you discard any plastic container labeled "microwave safe" if they have been scratched or their color has changed. Because that means more chemicals could potentially affect the food.
But if you must microwave in a plastic container, experts say you should examine the recycling codes at the bottom of the container, which say what type of plastic is used. Avoid any that have the code 3 or 7, since those are the ones most likely to cause the chemicals leaching into food.
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Happy safe microwaving!
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