‘Once and for all, is it okay to re­heat left­overs in plas­tic con­tain­ers?’

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR BODY -

A: There’s been some scary buzz about bisphe­nol A (BPA), a plas­tics chem­i­cal that’s been linked to long-term risk of chronic dis­ease, but – phew! – re­heat­ing in plas­tic that says ‘mi­crowave-safe’ is okay, as this means that dan­ger­ous lev­els of chem­i­cals won’t get into your grub. In fact, when the Good House­keep­ing In­sti­tute in the US tested food zapped in these con­tain­ers, they found no de­tectable BPA. ‘Our tests in­cluded tomato sauce [acidic] and gravy [high-fat], con­sid­ered likely to leach BPA from the plas­tic,’ says Betty Gold, GH In­sti­tute se­nior ed­i­tor and prod­uct an­a­lyst.

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