DEHA Toxins In Plastics | Health Podcast

Date: 07/08/2011

Toxins In Plastic Containers

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In the developed world, plastic wrap has become more omnipresent than the flag. We throw loose vegetables into plastic bags at the supermarket, and then when we have leftovers, we stuff them into other plastic bags with snap tops or into Tupperware-type containers, or, we wrap them in cling-wrap. But all these plastic storage methods, while beautifully convenient, threaten health in a big way.

Most plastic wrap contains a substance called DEHA, which has properties similar to phthalates—those nasty components in BPA plastics. Like phthlates, DEHA acts as an endocrine disruptor in the body. Studies have linked it directly to liver tumors in mice, as well as to asthma in children and to a wide range of cancers.

While manufacturers don’t advertise the fact, research shows that DEHA can leach from plastic onto food. In fact, in the late 90’s, Consumers Union conducted research and found that food wrapped in plastic had DEHA levels that exceeded maximum contamination levels set in Europe. The US did not limit DEHA content, claiming that the health hazards have not been clearly established. That’s still the claim and as of today, no DEHA standards are in effect in the US.

Listen to Jon Barron's health podcast to learn how to avoid these toxins that are so commonly in our plastic containers and take back control of your health!

Comments

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    August 22, 2011 - 11:35am

    The article you refer to is both true and distorted at the same time. It is true that DEHA is not in water bottles, but water bottles, as this podcast indicates, aren’t the problem when it comes to DEHA (BPA, of course, is a different story). When it comes to DEHA, food wraps are the concern, not water bottles. Curious that the article didn’t even mention food wraps. The bottom line is that the article sets up a false premise, which it then disproves – using its example to falsely convince you that there are no concerns. “Yikes!” Makes you wonder if the Chemical Institute of Canada had an agenda, rather than the truth, in mind.

  •  
    Submitted by BHB on
    August 21, 2011 - 7:21am

    What about this:

    http://64.8.116.193/archive/2011/03/13/yikes-there-are-hormones-in-my-bottled-water.aspx

  •  
    Submitted by Guest on
    October 16, 2011 - 9:51pm

    WHAT'S THE INAPPROPRIATE GIGGLING ABOUT? IT'S DISTRACTING & JEJUNE. NAN

  •  
    Submitted by Guest on
    February 8, 2012 - 2:02pm

    I go to great lengths to avoid chemicals in foods by buying organic etc. However as a vegetarian I have to cook almost everything I consume, and consequently cook in bulk to ensure I always have food to hand for meals deserts treats etc. and freeze most of it. So I am using lots of plastic containers all the time which are washed and reused continuously! Please advise!

  •  
    Submitted by Kristin on
    March 12, 2012 - 2:28pm

    Suggestion for the guest who freezes food....I use glass storage containers with plastic lids (they don't touch the food) made by Pyrex and Anchor Hocking. Or I also use glass canning jars (wide mouth) to freeze foods...just don't fill it too full, allow for expansion ...I learned from experience :)

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    August 22, 2011 - 11:35am

    The article you refer to is both true and distorted at the same time. It is true that DEHA is not in water bottles, but water bottles, as this podcast indicates, aren’t the problem when it comes to DEHA (BPA, of course, is a different story). When it comes to DEHA, food wraps are the concern, not water bottles. Curious that the article didn’t even mention food wraps. The bottom line is that the article sets up a false premise, which it then disproves – using its example to falsely convince you that there are no concerns. “Yikes!” Makes you wonder if the Chemical Institute of Canada had an agenda, rather than the truth, in mind.

  •  
    Submitted by BHB on
    August 21, 2011 - 7:21am

    What about this:

    http://64.8.116.193/archive/2011/03/13/yikes-there-are-hormones-in-my-bottled-water.aspx

  •  
    Submitted by Guest on
    October 16, 2011 - 9:51pm

    WHAT'S THE INAPPROPRIATE GIGGLING ABOUT? IT'S DISTRACTING & JEJUNE. NAN

  •  
    Submitted by Guest on
    February 8, 2012 - 2:02pm

    I go to great lengths to avoid chemicals in foods by buying organic etc. However as a vegetarian I have to cook almost everything I consume, and consequently cook in bulk to ensure I always have food to hand for meals deserts treats etc. and freeze most of it. So I am using lots of plastic containers all the time which are washed and reused continuously! Please advise!

  •  
    Submitted by Kristin on
    March 12, 2012 - 2:28pm

    Suggestion for the guest who freezes food....I use glass storage containers with plastic lids (they don't touch the food) made by Pyrex and Anchor Hocking. Or I also use glass canning jars (wide mouth) to freeze foods...just don't fill it too full, allow for expansion ...I learned from experience :)

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