When food comes into contact with certain plastics, these chemicals can leech into your meal and end up in your body.
Unfortunately, even plastic deemed “food safe” are actually known endocrine disruptors (1).
The most well-known harmful plastics are Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates, which have terrible reproductive and developmental effects, including cancer.
1. Forget the Packaging
Instead of storing your greens in ziplock bags, wrap your zucchini, cucumber, parsnips, leeks, green beans, carrots and lettuce in clean, damp towels and store them in your crisper.
This will keep your veggies crisp and fresh for much longer. Just make sure to use clean towels.
2. Stop Buying Condiments
If you can, buy condiments sold in glass containers instead of the classic plastic bottle.
You can also make your own salad dressing and ketchup and store in a mason jar. You can even find specialty lids online to drizzle your favorite vinaigrette with ease.
3. Ditch Plastic Containers
Fatty, salty, or acidic foods increase chemical leeching cause by plastic food storage.
Luckily, you can easily avoid contamination by swapping plastic containers with glass jars and lunch boxes.
You can also use wooden, ceramic and stainless steel kitchen ware to keep chemicals at bay.
4. Avoid Canned Beans
Most canned tomato and beans are sold in BPA-lined cans. While some companies have move towards BPA-free packaging, these have wet to be tested and determined safe.
Instead of grabbing a can, buy dried beans and soak them overnight. You can then boil them for an hour or pressure cook them for 10 minutes or so. Once cooked, the beans can be frozen for future use (3).
5. Skip the Produce Bag
Most grocery stores prepackage produce in Styrofoam and plastic wrap or plastic bags and boxes. When they aren’t packaged, grocery stores always have thin plastic bags to keep items “clean” and separate from other produce in your cart. Instead of these one-use bags, bring your own cloth produce bags, which can be machined washed and reused.
When it comes to dried goods, buy in bulk and bring your own glass jars when you go shopping. Just have the clerk pre-weigh your containers and carry them in a wine bottle bag or box with compartments, which you can buy at your local liquor store.