Plastic Containers Dangerous to Pregnant Women, Here's Why!

Plastic Containers Dangerous to Pregnant Women, Here's Why!

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Exposure to common household chemicals may cause IQ drop.

 Hello Facebook fans! The Holiday Season is a very festive time of the year. Christmas Day is next week Thursday, New Year's Eve is less than three weeks away and Hannukah starts in only two days. With these large holidays come large amounts of food, typically heated up in plastic tupperware. Ask yourself, what are the chances that you or someone you know will at some point be serving one of their special dishes out of plastic containers or reheating them in one? Very likely right? Perhaps you recently purchased a lot of plastic containers on sale during Black Friday or have them stored somewhere in your home. And if you frequent Church or Temple during the Holiday Season then you know that they are commonplace there too. But with all of this use, there comes a hidden danger with plastic containers -- they contain chemicals called phthaltes, which are especially dangerous to pregnant women.

 You see a recent study by an online research journal called PLOS ONE, "Persistent Associations between Maternal Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates on Child IQ at Age 7 Years," shows that women with high amounts of di-n-butyl phthalate and di-isobutyl phthalate in their bodies during pregnancy gave birth to children whom displayed considerably lower IQ scores. This is because phthalates are associated with endocrine disruption, which inteferes with the way hormones communicate signals throughout the body and can in turn be very harmful to developing fetuses. Additionally, a 2008 Bulgarian study concluded that, "Young infants are more vulnerable to the potential adverse effects of phthalates given their increased dosage per unit body surface area, metabolic capabilities, and developing endocrine and reproductive systems." Shockingly, phthalates have also been linked to breast cancer.

What to Avoid:

  • Do not microwave food in plastics.
  • Avoid scented products as much as possible, such as air fresheners & dryer sheets.
  • Do not use recycled plastics labeled: 3, 6 or 7 because they have higher concentrations of phthalates.

What to Do Instead:

  • Use porcelain, ceramic, glass or stoneware plates and containers.
  • Instead of air fresheners, light unscented candles or clean with lemons and limes.
  • When making hot chocolate or other beverages, pour them into stainless steel cups if available.

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Additional Information

This Wikipedia article describes phthalates as, "esters of phthalic acid mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity)." It goes even more in depth to the uses of phthalates: phthalates are used in a large variety of products, from enteric coatings of pharmaceutical pills and nutritional supplements to viscosity control agents, gelling agents, film formers, stabilizers, dispersants, lubricants, binders, emulsifying agents, and suspending agents. End-applications include adhesives and glues, agricultural adjuvants, building materials, personal-care products, medical devices, detergents and surfactants, packaging, children's toys, modelling clay, waxes, paints, printing inks and coatings, pharmaceuticals, food products, and textiles. Phthalates are also frequently used in soft plastic fishing lures, caulk, paint pigments, and sex toys made of so-called "jelly rubber". Phthalates are used in a variety of household applications such as shower curtains, vinyl upholstery, adhesives, floor tiles, food containers and wrappers, and cleaning materials. Personal-care items containing phthalates include perfume, eye shadow, moisturizer, nail polish, liquid soap, and hair spray.

 Phthalates are also found in modern electronics and medical applications such as catheters and blood transfusion devices. The most widely used phthalates are di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and diisononyl phthalate (DINP). DEHP is the dominant plasticizer used globally in PVC due to its low cost. Benzylbutylphthalate (BBP) is used in the manufacture of foamed PVC, which is used mostly as a flooring material, though its use is decreasing rapidly in the Western countries. Phthalates with small R and R' groups are used as solvents in perfumes and pesticides.

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