Avoid cooking hot food with plastic spoons, spatulas and whisks because toxic chemicals may leach into your dinner, scientists warn
- Experts say that cooking spoons, whisks and spatulas give off harmful oligomers
- Plastic is toxic and & # 39; causes liver and thyroid disorders & # 39 ;, say German scientists
- They have warned the consumer not to use the kitchenware on food above 70C (158F)
Keep your plastic kitchenware away from glowing hot meals or the risk of taking in a lot of toxic chemicals, health experts have warned.
Scientists say that many cooking spoons, whisks and spatulas contain harmful substances called oligomers that leach food at temperatures above 70 ° C (158 ° F).
If swallowed in high doses, these man-made chemicals can cause liver and thyroid disorders. They have also been associated with infertility, cancer and high cholesterol.
The grim warning was issued in a new report from the food safety watchdog, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bfr).
Many plastic cooking spoons, whisks and spatulas contain harmful substances that leach food at temperatures above 70 ° C, scientists say (file image)
It is in the midst of increasing evidence that plastics used in the food industry contain numerous harmful toxins that permeate our meals.
Many plastic utensils are made from synthetic chemicals to make them durable enough to withstand cooking temperatures and remain fat-resistant.
Animal studies have shown that these chemicals increase tumors in the liver, pancreas and testicles of mice and reduce their fertility.
The Bfr has warned people to keep hot food out of contact with their plastic kitchen utensils because they can give off oligomers.
These chemicals try to escape when the plastic is heated and may sound like food when the kitchen utensils are in direct contact, they say.
The watchdog has also advised the government to force manufacturers to collect data on how many oligomers release their products when heated.
There is a lack of data on the toxic effects of oligomers in humans. But Bfr scientists estimate the risk based on how dangerous chemicals with similar structures were.
The approach classifies substances into so-called Cramer classes. Each of these classes is assigned to a maximum daily intake that is unlikely to present a risk to human health.
They concluded that taking only small amounts – 90 micrograms – would be dangerous to the health of someone who weighs 60 kg.
But when scientists put their theory into practice, they discovered that many household utensils gave off oligomers in a much larger amount than predicted.
They looked at 33 items and discovered that 10 of them (30 percent) could easily exceed the 90 microgram daily limit if multiple meals were cooked using it.
Based on this, the new review advised people to use the kitchen utensils on hot food as much as possible, especially meals of 70 ° C (158 ° F) and higher.
Eating takeaway restaurants regularly can result in a lower sperm count because & # 39; hamburger packaging and pizza boxes contain toxic chemicals that penetrate the body & # 39;
Eating fast food regularly can increase your risk of infertility and cancer – but not for the reason you may think.
Researchers analyzed the blood of 10,000 volunteers looking for toxic chemicals called PFA's, known as the & # 39; forever chemicals & # 39; s.
The results showed that those who regularly had takeaway meals had considerably more PFAs in their blood compared to those who cooked at home.
PFAs are popular in the fast food industry because they are fat resistant and durable. They appear in hamburger packaging, pasties and pizza boxes.
Regular eating of takeaway meals can increase the risk of infertility and cancer due to toxic chemicals in fast food packaging (stock)
The man-made chemicals have been associated with infertility, as well as cancer, thyroid disorders and high cholesterol.
Researchers from the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Massachusetts, viewed data from 10,106 participants in the US.
The volunteers were asked detailed questions about what they ate in the last 24 hours, seven days, 30 days and 12 months.
Participants provided blood samples that were then analyzed for a number of different PFA & # 39; s chemicals.
People who ate home-made meals more often often had significantly lower levels of PFAs in their bodies, the researchers found.
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