Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Get rid of cling wrap ... glass is good!

Another study that should steer you away from plastic water bottles and PVC cling wrap and send you off to the kitchen store for glass storage containers. Maybe you've already got a kitchen cupboard full of hoarded glass jars - well use them! 

First it was phthalates, then Bisphenol A (BPA), now it’s something called tributyltin (TBT), which is non-intentionally added substance (NIAS) found in PVC plastics. Researchers have found that exposure during pregnancy will cause obesity in three subsequent generations of mice. It seems that TBT exposure modulates critical steps in fat-building and that prenatal TBT exposure predisposes certain mouse stem cells to become fat cells. As if that’s not enough, the effects are still seen three generations along. 

Just another reason for reducing plastic exposure before conception and during pregnancy. Remember this mnemonic to help you through the plastic minefield.

4 5 1 and 2 - all the rest are bad 4U (Annie Murphy Paul - ‘Origins’)
More on plastics in both my books. Click on the images to read sample chapters.

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