HEALTHY FOOD STORAGE : FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP

Whether you realize it or not, what you store your food in can be just as important as the cookware you use to cook your food. After all, your containers are also in direct contact with your food items and should be given the same amount of consideration as it relates to your health. If you haven't watched or read the replay of the healthy cookware chat, please start there. You are barely in the game if you aren't using proper cookware. Click here to see that blog post review and to watch the video.

 

At the end of the discussion of food storage, I have included a link to every other Facebook Live chat we've had so be sure to review any that you've missed.

 


 

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 HEALTHY FOOD STORAGE

Now, to the topic of today's discussion. Here's the video replay. 

 

                             

 

 

Plastic tupperware are the #1 source of food storage in average households because they are inexpensive and easy to carry. However, there are many health precautions to consider.

 

Plastic containers have been shown to have an estrogenic effect on the body leading to many adverse health effects. In a study done by the National Institutes of Health, they found that almost all commercially available plastic products they sampled leached such chemicals including many that were labeled as BPA-free.

 

BPA stands for bisphenol-A and is a chemical used to make certain plastics that have possible health effects on the brain, fetuses, infants and children. Research also suggests a possible link between BPA and high blood pressure.  

 

The study looked at over 500 available plastic products for this estrogenic activity and found that most of them released these chemicals when exposed to common-use stress.

 

For those of you with small children, it’s important to note that BPA used to be common in baby bottles, formula containers and sippy cups. Unfortunately, companies simply replaced the BPA with other chemicals like BPS whose effects are not yet known and that are still showing the estrogenic activity we found in BPA plastics.

 

According to tests done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans have a chemical found in plastics, known as phthalates, in their urine.

 

Phthalates are used in plastics to make them more durable and flexible. These toxins can be absorbed into the body not only with food, but through the air and skin too.

 

Before I get to the type of storage you should be using, let me tell you what to do with all those plastic containers.

 

If you can replace them immediately, great. But since that may not be in your current budget, I have some tips that will help you.

 

Use plastic containers only for the storage of dry food
  • Things like cookies, cereals, etc.
  • Since much of the harm comes when the plastic is heated in the microwave or dishwasher, temporarily storing completely dry foods are ok until you can replace.

 

Do not place plastic in the dishwasher
  • Again, the heat is the issue. You would be better off hand-washing them, thereby reducing the amount of heat they're exposed to.

 

Throw any container out that has scratches.
  • This also causes the bonds between the chemicals to release into your food.

 

Check the bottom of the container for the recycle number.
  • If you see the number 3, 6, or 7, throw it out IMMEDIATELY.

 

Many of you may be wondering what about plastic sandwich bags. I also recommend you limit their use because the same issue is at play with these. 


 

So, now what SHOULD you use!?

 

There are 3 options:

 

  1. Silicone.
    • So far, silicone has been proven to be safe and non-leaching.
  2. Stainless Steel.
    • Stainless steel is also a great option. For the same reason I discussed in our cookware chat, stainless steel food containers are safe for you to use.
  3. My personal favorite: Glass.

 

Glass is an inert material, meaning it will not react with the food that you put in. This is also what makes glass a safe cookware option. I particularly love glass. One reason is because I can easily find it. It is also easy to repurpose salsa, jelly and spaghetti sauce jars by adding them to your food storage collection. Most are made thick enough that they don’t break easily. In fact, I’ve never had one break and my kids handle them frequently. 

 

If you would like to see my containers and the glass water bottle I use, I showed them in the video.

 

So that's it! We have made our way through the entire kitchen. If you have seen and/or read all of our live chats, you understand the importance of the kitchen to your family's health. The only thing left to do now is solidify what you've learned with the Healthy Kitchen Guide. It is a small guide that has everything we've discussed but with the action steps you need. To get your copy of a Healthy Kitchen Guide, click here or on the image below.

 

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REVIEW OF PREVIOUS CHATS

Since this is the last Facebook Live chat covering the kitchen, I thought I'd give you a recap of all we've discussed so far.

 


CLEANING PRODUCTS 101

 

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In our very first chat we discussed cleaning products. I went into detail about how cleaning products affect your family’s bodies, paying particular attention to our children whose young bodies are underdeveloped and easily burdened by exposure to toxic chemicals.  I’ve posted rather extensively on the blog about which products are safe to use, and more importantly, which are not! I highly recommend you watch it if you haven’t.

 

Click the image above to catch that replay.

 


HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORGANIZED HOME

 

 

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Next, we discussed the importance of organization within your home. I listed MANY of the awesome benefits of having an organized home including

  • Increased productivity
  • Benefits to your children’s learning
  • Better memory
  • Decrease in cravings
  • Weight loss
  • and several more

 

That was another great one. I also recommended an awesome book for you to purchase that will help you get your home organized once and for all.

Click the image above to watch the replay or read the blog post. (Scroll to the very bottom of the blog post to see the video)

 


3 SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER LIFE & HOME

 

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From there we discussed 3 simple steps to a healthier life & home where I went over the importance of guarding what chemicals you allow in your air (i.e. toxic cleaners), what you put in your mouth, and what you put on your skin. Again, highlighting the importance of being as chemical free as possible for your families.

 

I don’t normally talk too much about food choices, but I did give a few very important things to consider when you are selecting your food.

 

Because obviously, if our bodies aren’t fed well, no matter what cleaning products or healthy home measures you take, your family will not be healthy.

 

Here's the blog and video post for that one. Click the image above.

 


COOKWARE 101

 

 

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The next discussion really struck a chord with many of you, and was by far the most widely watched and commented upon chats. This was all about your cookware. Many of you were shocked to learn that Teflon and non-stick cookware were unsafe options for your family and had you running to the store to replace them.
And really, that’s what Pinch of Health is all about. Giving you the tools you need to make positive changes in your home for the improvement of your family’s health.

 

Please catch the replay of the chat by clicking the image above if you missed it. It was also the shortest one so it won’t take you long.

 


HEALTHY COOKING BASICS

 

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Finally, last time we discussed healthy cooking basics. We went over the whole process starting with bringing your food home from the store.
This included a discussion on how to properly store food, where foods should go in your refrigerator, how to properly prep food for cooking, proper thawing methods, microwave use, and then we ended with healthy cooking tips.

Click the image above to read the blog post review, or scroll to the bottom of that post to watch the video.

 


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