Reader's Digest - - Will Your House Kill You? -

The Fear: Mi­crowaves pull chem­i­cals out of plas­tic and al­low your food to ab­sorb them. The Re­al­ity: Bisphe­nol A (BPA), a chem­i­cal found in hard, clear plas­tic take­out and food­stor­age con­tain­ers, does leach into your food when mi­crowaved. Al­though stud­ies have linked it with asthma, di­a­betes, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, and re­pro­duc­tive prob­lems, among oth­ers, the FDA main­tains that the amount of BPA in every­day plas­tics is safe.

Will It Kill You? No.

But you’re bet­ter off us­ing a non­plas­tic (glass or ce­ramic) dish la­beled “mi­crowave safe.”

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