Despite attempts to remove BPA from plastics, synthetic materials still pose a vital health risk. Pthalates in many plastics contribute to our estrogen load and increase our risk of breast and prostrate cancers. Vinyl flooring is a major contributor of pthalates and contains toxic chemicals banned in children’s toys. Add to this toxic exposure that of all the plastics used for food packaging and storage, and we have an endocrine-disrupting, estrogenic epidemic on our hands…or on our sandwiches, as the case may be.
The solution is surprisingly simple: use brown paper bags to replace sandwich bags and glass jars to hold fluids that would otherwise be placed in plastic bags or plastic containers.
What about freezer bags? This may sound weird but it works well: rub olive oil on the brown paper bags! Just one tablespoon of olive oil will coat three to four lunch-sized bags; using your fingers, rub just enough oil onto the bag to saturate the paper and set aside to “dry” (absorb). Double-bag the item(s) you wish to freeze in the oiled brown paper bags. Fold the top of the bags over twice and secure with a rubber band, twist-tie, or string. I use this method to freeze bread; I think it works better than plastic at preventing freezer-burn!
If you need to freeze fluids, oiled bags won’t work because they aren’t sealed water-tight (use glass jars with wide mouths instead): however, oiled bags are water-resistant and should be able to hold things like sliced apples and cooked beans. Before coating your bags, make sure your olive oil passes the ‘fridge test!
Helping of Hope. Right Choice: throw out your plastic storage bags and replace with glass and paper storage. Bright future: healthier endocrine system, reduced risk of breast and prostate cancer, less pollution in the environment, and a frugal way to store your food.
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