The American Academy of Pediatrics in their ultimate wisdom is now warning against microwaving and dishwashing common plastic containers and bottles, this is to limit the contaminants released into in children’s food, from the plastic!
Stronger federal food safety requirements are being called for from the American Academy of Pediatrics, they are now warning families to avoid where possible both microwaving and dishwashing common plastic containers as they contain harmful chemicals that can leech into the food they contain.
Pediatricians published a report online last week, it citred a body of growing evidence against such chemicals in, for example, food colorings, food packaging materials and even preservatives too. For us parents and for us moms especially it really does give a kind of sick feeling in the pits of our stomachs, how could this be allowed even from the beginning?
Leonardo Trasande, lead author on the policy statement said:
“This report outlines not only safe and essential steps that the healthcare community can communicate to parents and families but also some steps that the FDA can take, and frankly manufacturers can take, to limit the exposures of greatest concern”
Something that’s particularly becoming a concern of all parents is the this:
Heating up plastics (including bottles) in the microwave or even running them through a dishwasher increases the chance of leaching dangerous chemicals, according to the AAP…
Plastics with the recycling codes 3, 6 and 7, for phthalates, styrene, and bisphenols should really be avoided, according to the report. Glass containers or even stainless steel packaging is really the recommended as the wisest choice of all.
If you also choose whole foods instead of processed foods, then it also reduces this risk of contamination even more, as well as washing your hands and the produce too during its preparation.
Trasande said that there are over 10,000 additives that were considered previously “generally recognized as safe” during the 1950s, also there are indirect additives such as glue, dyes and plastic in packaging have been linked to very serious problems too.
Among these are:
- attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- limited muscle mass and bone strength.
- brain development
The press officer, Megan McSeveney reportedly said that the United States Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing findings. She also said that there is “reasonable scientific certainty” that additives “generally recognized as safe” are not harmful when used as directed.
If new information indicates substances are unsafe, then the FDA has the authority to change previous guidelines or to require that use of a substance is reduced or prohibited completely
The most concerning additives are, as you may have already hjeard about:
Bisphenols (such as BPA), phthalates, perfluoroalkyl chemicals, perchlorate, nitrates/nitrites and artificial food coloring.
“Even small disruptions at key moments during development can have lifelong consequences”