With the holiday season just around the corner, fridges everywhere are bracing for the inevitable wave of festive foods, followed by a second wave - LEFTOVERS!
Sharing food is a common way to demonstrate to others our love and care for them. We hope that they'll appreciate the thought we put into making it, the way that it tastes, and the time and money it'll save them. Especially around the holidays, we make extra food and share leftovers with our families, friends, and those who are less fortunate. We even store leftovers for ourselves when possible. However, though food containers used to store leftovers have been around for decades, not all are safe. Picking the right one can protect you from potential exposure to chemicals contained in some plastic containers. After all, the only secret ingredient in the food you share should be the love that you put into making it.
Most people don't think of a container as a potential health hazard, but with today's hectic schedules, containers are used to heat and cook food more than ever before. This heating action speeds up the process of toxic chemicals leaching into the food and causes potentially harmful effects.
Read the guide below for the essentials when it comes to picking the right container. You can also check out our containers, see their ratings and how they compare to typical products, at TrueClub.com
Look for a 'BPA (and BPS) Free' Label
BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used to make food and drink containers.
It's a synthetic estrogen and even small amounts have been shown to be toxic to the endocrine system. Exposure increases risks for breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty, metabolic disorders, and type-2 diabetes.
BPS is a close relative of BPA. There is no requirement to declare it on the label, so BPS may exist in plastic containers even if it's not listed. The safest way to verify that a container is free of BPS is to select one that indicates ‘BPS free’ on the label.
Phthalates are used to make plastics flexible. The downside is that they are toxic to the endocrine system by mimicking and displacing hormones and interrupting their production. Phthalates don’t have to be indicated on labels, so look for a product that states it’s ‘phthalate free’.
Use Glass/Ceramic/Stainless Steel Alternatives
Swapping out old plastic containers for glass or other non-plastic based containers is another great option for reducing exposure to plastic-based chemicals. The extra investment can pay off as they frequently outlast their plastic equivalents.
Here at True Club, we only carry the highest quality containers and storage products. Browse our site to see how the best products score, their analysis, and up to 50% off retail prices! We give every product a rating, verify it’s free of harmful chemicals, and show how the product we sell compares to a typical product. All of our products are non-GMO and cruelty-free, leaving you with the confidence to make the right choice.