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      Those deadly plastics !

      Published January, 2016

      Those deadly plastics !

      Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) is a chemical substance used as an additive in the production of plastics. These phthalates are used in order to reinforce plastic containers and wraps as well as in ensuring resistance and flexibility in medical and sanitary equipment. They are also present in air fresheners and soft soaps. DEHP is considered an endocrine disruptor because it can diminish the synthesis of testosterone.

      Those deadly plastics ! 

      The impact of various studies as well as an increasing demand by consumers and environmental groups have led to the replacement of DEHP by the plastic manufacturers with diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), chemicals closely akin to DEHP. However, recent studies suggest that these two new substances also have serious effects on human health.

      Those deadly plastics ! 

      Studies published in two medical journals and reported in Medical News Today (Thursday  July 9, 2015) highlight the fact that DINP and DIDP are associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance. It should be remembered that insulin resistance causes a gradual increase in blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as well as weight gain. Not a great trade off I might say!

      Those deadly plastics ! 

      So, what can we do? Heat helps to increase the presence of phthalates in foods. Therefore, avoid cooking or heating foods in plastic containers or plastic wraps. Use stainless steel, porcelaine or thermostable glass instead. If you have to heat up products that are wrapped in plastic in a micro-wave, remove them from the plastic and heat them in non-plastic containers.