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Pediatricians Warn Against Chemicals in Plastic Containers

By Fredrica Syren:

The American Academy of Pediatrics is fighting for stronger federal food safety requirements that will warn families about the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals from microwaving and from cleaning plastic containers in dishwashers.

They are pointing towards growing evidence against chemicals in food colorings, preservatives and food packaging materials; and saying the FDAas well as manufacturers need to take steps towards limiting exposure to chemicals in plastic containers.

More information is coming to light concerning increased chances of dangerous chemicals leaking into food and formula by heating in food plastic containers and bottles in a microwave, or by cleaning them in a dishwasher. Plastics with recycling codes 3 for phthalates, 6 for styrene, and 7 for bisphenols are the worst ones and should be avoided completely. Much better options are glass bottles and containers, or steel containers.

Chemicals in plastic packaging have been linked to serious problems such as

  • brain development
  • obesity
  • autism
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • limited muscle mass and bone strength.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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