hormone mimics in plastic

Hormone Mimics in Plastic: How To Protect Yourself

by Kelley Herring on January 31, 2014

Do you store your food in plastic containers? Do you ever put plastic in the microwave? If so, think twice about it.

The reason? There are dozens – if not hundreds –  of chemicals found in our foods that act as hormone mimics – acting like the hormone estrogen. These gender benders (called xenoestrogens) cause early sexual development in children, reproductive difficulties for adults, and they promote the growth and spread of cancer.

And they’re quite common in plastic…

Researchers at Tufts Medical School were using plastic test tubes to store a line of estrogen sensitive breast cancer cells. That is, until they noticed the cells were multiplying wildly. Turns out the supposedly “inert” plastic test tubes were leaching a chemical that behaves just like estrogen.

When researchers at Dartmouth heated plastic wrap and vegetable oil in a microwave, they found the oil had:

500,000 times the minimum amount of xenoestrogens needed to stimulate breast cancer cells…

Read that again if it didn’t sink in.

Banish Hormone Mimics: Say No To Plastics

The solution is simple.

  1. Use glass, ceramic or stainless steel – all inert materials –  to store your food.
  2. NEVER eat or drink anything that came into contact with hot plastic.
  3. Stay away from plastic water bottles (remember – they could have been in the back of a hot truck for days!).
  4. Avoid foods canned in metal. Most metal cans are coated with a plastic that contains bisphenol-a (BPA) which is a strong hormone mimic which leaches into the contents of the can.

About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.

How to Avoid Xenoestrogens by Elizabeth Smith, M.D.

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