Do not cook rice and groats in plastic bags

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 16:34
if You belong to the group of people who have the habit of cooking rice and groats in plastic bags, then You should read this text carefully!

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Due to the pace of everyday life, food producers are increasingly offering consumers products that are quick and convenient to prepare, and by the way many consumers are eager to use this opportunity. An example of this trend are various rice and groats, packed in special plastic bags - Boil-in-Bag - , in which they can be conveniently and quickly cooked. It is like a great solution for busy people who do not want to spend a lot of time shopping and cooking. But is this solution good for the health of consumers?

It is worth knowing that eating cooked products in plastic bags can cause serious health problems. As it turns out, pouches intended for cooking food usually contain the so-called Bisphenol A (BPA), which is a phenol commonly used, among others, as a plasticizer and intermediate in the synthesis of epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics.

Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A is a chemical substance, phenol, often present in products such as disposable dishes, water bottles, articles for children and babies, kitchen utensils, varnish coatings inside of metal cans with food, dental materials, medical equipment and even receipts from cash registers . Ingestion is not the only way Bisphenol can enter the human body. Exposure to BPA may also occur through inhalation or through skin contact. However, for rice and groats cooked in pouches containing this phenol, the problem is that under the influence of the high temperature of boiling water, Bisphenol A is massively released from the pouch and goes to food in large quantities.

Controversial theories

The impact of Bisphenol on the human body remains, despite many scientific studies carried out in this direction, a somewhat controversial issue. On the one hand, the American Food and Drug Administration ensures that BPA is safe for humans. On the other hand, a wide range of scientists - including scientists from Poland - alerts the public that it is just the opposite, and that Bisphenol is very dangerous for humans.

It is not clear why, on the one hand, we are assured of the safety of Bisphenol, since there are some suspicions about its harmfulness. To find out the total truth, it would be necessary to conduct specific and long-term experiments on humans, not animals as before. So why have no such experiments been carried out so far? Probably because Bisphenol is a poison to man.

All presumptions related to Bisphenol are based on experiments performed on animals and mathematical models. For this reason, it is worth to be careful and common sense in this topic.

Does Bisphenol Harm Your Health?

Opponents of the use of bisphenol in food ensure that in certain circumstances it is very dangerous to health. Scientists alarm that when it gets into the human body through ingestion of Bisphenol A, it can completely destroy health. At the time, this phenol is primarily carcinogenic, and it can also drastically affect human hormonal balance. Thyroid function may be disturbed, but not only! Bisphenol A in the human body also acts as the female hormone Estrogen, which can accelerate the sexual maturation of girls, or disrupt the secretion of male hormones in men.

Polish scientists: Bisphenol is harmful to health

From a document by Aleksandra Konieczna, Aleksandra Rutkowska, Dominik Rachoń - University of Gdańsk (2015), we can learn that BPA can act as an agonist or antagonist in interaction with estrogen receptors via estrogen signaling pathways, as a result of which BPA plays a role in the pathogenesis of endocrine disorders , including male and female fertility disorders, precocious puberty, hormone dependent cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer, and metabolic disorders including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

The US is withdrawing Bisphenol from food packaging

Due to health problems associated with Bisphenol, the United States ceases its use in the production of food packaging until the presumptions and controversial theories about it are clarified. In Poland, products marked as "BPA Free" that do not contain Bisphenol are gradually appearing on store shelves, which is worth paying attention to, especially in the case of food intended for cooking in bags.