Plastics used in food and drink explained

From bottled water to take away food containers they all have one thing in common, they are not fit for human consumption.
Without question plastic is the most consumed product in the world. However, new research shows that plastics are extremely toxic and quite possibly slowly killing people without them knowing.
Before you consume a product that has been packaged in plastic it is pertinent that you take a look at the bottom of the packaging and look for a symbol.
At the bottom of a bottle or underside of a food container, you will find a triangle with a number, which can be anywhere from one to seven. With the symbol you see, you can tell whether the plastic you hold is safe or not.
Plastic Type 1
Type 1
Known as PET or PETE, the bottle with this number means that it should only be used ONCE. This is because reusing them can expose people to a chemical substance called EPA. The plastic could possibly emit antimony, which is a heavy metal that can interfere with the hormones in the body. It is also possible that the plastic is carcinogenic.
Plastic Type 2
Type 2
If you find a triangle with the number '2' in it, the bottle is known as HDPE or HDP, which is considered the good plastic. It is named so because it doesn't have as much emission as the other types of chemicals used in the other bottles when in contact with water.
Plastic Type 3
Type 3
Also labeled as V or PVC, the number 3 in the bottle means that it has two toxic chemicals that can both influence the hormones in the body. Still, PVC is the most used type of plastic around.
Plastic Type 4
Type 4
LDPE plastics have the number 4, which means they don't emit chemicals when used in water bottles. However, most of them are actually present in plastic bags.
Plastic Type 5
Type 5
PP or number 5 plastics are also good types of plastics. They are recognizable because of their white color. Sometimes, they are transparent. PP plastics are common in cups of yogurt and syrup bottles.
Plastic Type 6
Type 6
Although this emits STIREN, which is carcinogenic, this plastic is used in fast food packaging as well as in coffee cups.
Plastic Type 7
Type 7
Finally, plastics with no labels are in this category where they are known as PC. You should not trust plastics without labels because they often emit BPA, which is a very harmful chemical. Unfortunately, PC plastics are common in containers for food, sports drink bottles, and worse, infant bottles.
If your bottle or container is a type 2, 4, or 5, you are slightly better off. However, if it is labeled, 1, 3, 6, or 7, you are exposing yourself to the dangerous chemicals that these plastics emit.
Of course avoiding using ANY plastics with your food or drink would be the best way to go.
Here are a few reasons why you must stop using plastics
1. BPA mimics oestrogen, a hormone in our bodies. High levels of oestrogen activity or altered oestrogen metabolism have been linked with reproductive cancers including breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.
2. Plastics such as BPA Alter egg and sperm maturation - because of the hormonal connection, BPA affects the way a woman's eggs mature and the way men produce sperm. This can ultimately fertility rates and the health of your baby.
3. Foggy thinking? Struggling with your memory? BPA has been shown to reduce the capacity of your brain cells to talk to each other, resulting in alterations in your brain chemistry. This can then also go on to result in mood changes and mood swings, with early research suggesting it could be a driver of depression and anxiety.
4. Unexplained weight gain or difficulty with weight loss. BPA has also been shown to interfere with insulin - a key hormone when it comes to our metabolism. Signs that you may be struggling with insulin levels include the development of an 'apple' body shape or weight gain around your tummy. While there are many things that can contribute to poor insulin signalling, reducing your BPA exposure is a step in the right direction.
Our own research has found the following:
Brand of Water Plastic Type
Coles Australian Spring Water Type 1 Plastic
Woolworths Spring Water Type 1 Plastic
Mount Franklin Water Type 1 Plastic
Plastics used in food and drink explained.
Date Published: 23/07/2015
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