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Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 23, 2003 at 08:28:05:

FYI.

Isn't it interesting that these kinds of things are just the ones coming to light?

Comments?

Walt


I thought it interesting it took a student to research what the FDA had not... but I give the research center credit for supplying the facilities, especially since they are connected with the FDA...

Be Well, Misty

http://www.searching-alternatives.com

PLASTIC WRAP IN THE MICROWAVE

As a seventh grade student, Claire Nelson learned that di(ethylhexyl) adepate (DEHA), considered a carcinogen, is found in plastic wrap. She also learned that the FDA had never studied the effect of microwave cooking on plastic wrapped food. Claire began to wonder: "Can cancer causing particles seep into food covered with household plastic wrap while being in the microwave?" Three years later, with encouragement from her high school science teacher, Claire set out to test what the FDA had not.

Although she had an idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic-wrapped food, she did not have the equipment. Eventually, Jon Wilkes at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas agreed to help her. The research center, which is affiliated with the FDA,
let her use its facilities to perform her experiments that involves
plastic wrap in virgin olive oil heated in the microwave.

Claire tested four different plastic raps and "found not just the
carcinogens but also xenoestrogen was migrating [into the oil]...." Xenoestrogens are linked to low sperm counts in men and to breast cancer in > women. Throughout her junior and senior years, Claire made a couple of trips each week to the research center, which was 25 miles from her home, to work
on her experiment.

An article in Options reported that "her analysis found that DEHA was migrating into the oil at between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. The FDA standard is 0.05 parts per billion." Her summarized results have been published in science journals. Claire Nelson received the American Chemical
Society's top science prize for students during her junior year and fourth place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Fort Worth, Texas) as a senior. "Carcinogens -- At
10,000,000 Times FDA Limits"

On Channel 2 (Huntsville, AL) this morning they had a Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle Hospital on the program. He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital. He was talking about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies.

Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results without the dioxins. So such things as TV dinners, instant simian and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper.


Just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He said we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

To add to this: Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked, with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food. Use paper towel instead.




Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Maz on April 23, 2003 at 09:36:37:

In Reply to: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 23, 2003 at 08:28:05:

Hi Dr. Stoll,

I had read somewhere ages ago that this is a deadly combination and I have always taken food out of its wrapping before heating in the microwave. In fact, I do not use my microwave now because it can't be a natural way of cooking.

I am more interested in the fact that most foods nowadays are wrapped in that plastic stuff and whether something leaks out into the food normally, without heating. There's not much we can do about that is there?

Regards,
Maz



Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Terri-Lynn on April 23, 2003 at 11:44:27:

In Reply to: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 23, 2003 at 08:28:05:

Thanks for the information once again, good to always pass it on to clients. Even though you say it over and over, sometimes in print people get it!

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Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Sonja on April 23, 2003 at 11:47:43:

In Reply to: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 23, 2003 at 08:28:05:

Thanks for the information. I am so impressed by that girl!
I don't use microwave, but have passed the information onto a friend who does.

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Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by steve on April 23, 2003 at 19:31:37:

In Reply to: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 23, 2003 at 08:28:05:

I, too, worry about the effects of heating anything plastic in a microwave. I think using glass is probably a better idea. One thing to note is that in the article, it is reported that the particles were absorbing at a rate "between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. The FDA standard is 0.05 parts per billion." Understand that 500 parts per million is equivalent to .5 parts per billion. That means this is 10x's the rate NOT 10,000,000 as listed in this article. Maybe I am missing something, but just wanted to be exact (I am an engineer).



Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Alexandria Dumas on April 23, 2003 at 22:49:44:

In Reply to: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 23, 2003 at 08:28:05:

Go here for the snopes.com info. I got this one in my email box several times last year.



Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Matylda on April 24, 2003 at 07:48:18:

In Reply to: Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Alexandria Dumas on April 23, 2003 at 22:49:44:

I never used plastic in a microwive- foil or dishes. In fact, I don't use plastic at all. But I use aluminum foil sometimes, but first I wrap food in parchment paper. I don't feel good asbout using both of them. Any coment about thanks parchment paper, aluminum foil and combination I am using
thanks Matylda



Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Alexandria Dumas on April 24, 2003 at 08:18:07:

In Reply to: Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Matylda on April 24, 2003 at 07:48:18:

I think your parchment paper is a terrific idea. Thanks for the tip.

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Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 24, 2003 at 08:49:41:

In Reply to: Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Maz on April 23, 2003 at 09:36:37:

Thanks, Maz.

I do think that MORE leakage occurs with the heat. However, I do not think it can be totally avoided any more than we can put the genie of genetically altered plants back into the bottle.

Walt

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Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 24, 2003 at 10:48:54:

In Reply to: Re: Fouling our nest; Microwave and plastics. (Archive in ecology.) posted by steve on April 23, 2003 at 19:31:37:

Thanks, Steve.

I missed that!

Walt

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