Episode 43: Plastics

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Episode #43: Plastics

Your hosts: Jess and Shelby


[0:40] Intro and life updates

[5:00] Some toxins and chemicals can cause weight gain

[5:30] Not all plastics are necessarily bad

[6:05] There’s more to plastic than whether or not it’s BPA free

[6:22] Whenever possible, switch out harmful plastic containers and kitchen gadgets

[7:10] Look for the recycling numbers (resin codes) on plastic containers (1-7, the tougher the plastic, the higher on the number scale it’s classified)

[7:41]  Exposing Green Washing: There’s no BPA in one-time-use plastic food storage storage bags or bottled water

[7:47] BPA is a #7 plastic, so it’s tough

[8:08] Food storage bags, bottled water, and many other food containers typically are made with #1 plastic (flimsy, BPA free, but still can be harmful)

[8:42] Easy way to remember which plastics are better: Plastic numbers 5, 4, 2; all the rest are bad for you

[9:10] Phthalates can leech out of plastics, even the plastics that are BPA free. Phthalates interrupt the endocrine system

[10:00] The increase of exposure to harmful plastics in modern times can explain the rise of hormone disruption we’re seeing

[10:05] AD: U.S. Wellness Meats

[11:13] Dangers of plastic in food storage

[11:44] When it comes to plastic, also avoid: heat, oil, acidity, and abrasion

[12:13] For foods high in acidity, opt for glass containers

[12:48] Don’t heat food up in plastic containers

[13:13] Avoid oils/fats stored in plastic (including nut butters!)

[14:21] BPA is a #7 plastic, and it’s often in blenders and sturdy food containers, it can be harder to find glass alternatives for these items

[15:25] The main concern for kitchen appliances (like blender pitchers) is how you wash them: opt for washing by hand with warm water and don’t aggressively scrub (IE: avoiding heat and abrasion)

[16:45] Marketing ploy: many BPA free products still contain BPS and BPF, which are shown to be just as harmful (if not more so) than BPA

[17:40] Shelby talks about steps she’s taking in making lower-tox swaps in her household

[19:04] Stasher bags are silicone and a safer food storage option

[19:16] AD: Coleman Farms

[20:40] Remember that bottled water is often left in hot environments that can increase chemical leeching from the bottle into the water

[24:00] Why spaghetti stains food storage containers and why you should avoid it

[25:00] Being a more mindful consumer

[26:20] Buying better reusable containers is more budget friendly in the long run than buying a ton of single-use containers or bags

[27:26] There is a happy medium of making healthier choices while not driving yourself crazy

[27:45] Outro


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