Today, we use plastics in our everyday lives for various purposes. As mentioned above, some plastics contain Bisphenol A—more commonly known as BPA—which can lead to chemical leaching and be toxic if ingested frequently.
Chemical leaching in plastic is the transfer or leaking of chemicals from plastic to the foods or beverages it contains. Chemical-resistant plastics such as polyolefins are BPA-free. They are suitable for storing leftovers and keeping food fresh for food service and manufacturing industries if stored at a low to moderate temperature.
Studies are showing that constant exposure to BPA can cause significant health concerns, including:
- Obesity/ Type 2 diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Reproductive issues
There are several ways you can reduce exposure to chemical leaching. For starters, when heating food in the microwave, avoid heating it in plasticware. Heating food in plasticware increases chemical transfer from the plastic to the food, leading to chemical leaching exposure.