We’re all quite careful about the food we put in to our bodies, but do we ever stop and think about the containers that hold them? How does the material of your plastic containers attribute to the health, or lack thereof, of the food you eat?
It can be quite frustrating to learn that the products we are using to cook, bake, and store food with may actually be detrimental to our families’ health. Unsafe Materials such as BPA, lead, and aluminum are, unfortunately, commonly found in everyday kitchenware products. What most people don’t realize is that there’s no need to settle for these items! In fact, there are numerous safer alternatives that are healthy for both you and your family.
We’re here to explain to you the ABC’s of food-safe materials.
Probably one of the most common materials we use on a daily basis is plastic. We use plastic bags, plates, cups, trays, containers and more! But be aware! Some hard plastics can contain BPA, which is a developmental, neural, and reproductive toxin. Scientists have linked very low doses of BPA exposure to cancers and other illnesses. Therefore, before purchasing your next plastic container, bowl, or just about any other item, make sure to check for a “BPA-Free” label.
In regard to food storage specifically, use safer materials including glass, stainless steel, and food-grade silicone. Each these materials do not leak chemicals into your food.
As stated on our website, these Vacuum Food Containers are made out of BPA-FREE plastic, making them the safest bet for you and your family.
B. STAINLESS STEEL
High quality stainless steel is another safe option. When dealing with food, avoid all materials that can easily melt while cooking, as they can potentially cause chemicals to travel into your food. Instead, choose stable, durable materials for your kitchen utensils. Stainless Steel is an excellent choice.
Our Bird Potato Peeler is a safe option to use while cooking. It has a stainless steel blade that will never dull and is easy to clean. You can feel good knowing that your family is staying safe.
This item may come as a surprise, but truthfully, you never know what might come in contact with food! The Stainless Steel Cattle Toothpick Holder insures a safe option to store your toothpicks that can easily come in contact with you and your food.
C. FOOD GRADE PP
PP, also known as polypropylene, is a type of plastic that is entirely safe for food. You might know this plastic as the type of plastic that is hard, but flexible. PP is one of the safest plastics and is commonly used in many containers that hold food such as ice cream, yogurts, and more.
Our Sectional Snack Serving Tray is made of Food Grade PP Plastic, making it the perfect container to hold all your snacks and food.
These days, finding materials safe enough to hold you food is fairly simple and easy. Make sure to read a product’s description before purchasing the item to be sure it is safe to use.
At Home and Above, we make it extremely easy to see what materials our products are made of. Simply check the product’s description on our website and you will see all the information you need!
Stay healthy, stay safe!
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