Storing food in plastic containers may be practical and convenient, but it could also cause health risks, a new report says. The report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns that plastic containers are especially dangerous for children.
Plastic containers contain chemicals such as bisphenols (BPA) and phthalates, which make the plastic harder or more flexible. However, BPA is known for acting "like estrogen in the body and potentially change the timing of puberty, decrease fertility, increase body fat, and affect the nervous and immune systems,” the AAP said. Phthalates can affect male genitals development and increase childhood obesity.
The health risks caused by the chemicals are worse when the containers are heated in the microwave, as some of the chemicals can then enter in contact with the food.