PLASTIC: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

PLASTIC: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Plastics have become part of our daily lives. We rely on them for many applications and their ease of use. Is there a downside? Well, we know that plastics are causing a lot of environmental pollution, but what about their effect on human health? Recent research shows that plastic is not so great for us either. According to the Plastic Health Coalition, we eat, drink, and breathe microplastics every day and unfortunately, they contain a number of chemical additives, which are related to serious health problems.

Research is still ongoing and with the long-term effects of plastics still unknown, perhaps we should reduce our overall exposure to them when we can. Some ways to reduce your family's exposure to plastics are:

*Do not use plastic teethers for infants. The plastic often breaks down and gets into their digestive system.
*Don't cook in microwavable plastic bags or containers. The high heat can cause certain chemicals to leach out from the plastic and get into your food.
*Use stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic ones.
*Eliminate plastic cutting boards. Personally, I noticed a lot of plastic disappearing from my cutting board, and it was likely ending up in our food. We made the switch to wood cutting boards a few years ago and could not be happier with our choice.

A few simple changes can help reduce our exposure to the negative effects of plastics. Do you have any tips of your own that we can share?

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