Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, manager of the Wellness Program at Castle Hospital was on a TV program explaining the health hazards of Dioxin. Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. Carcinogens cause cancer, particularly breast cancer. He recommends that we not heat our food in the microwave using plastic containers, but instead use glass, corning ware, or ceramic containers. Heating food in plastic containers that contain fat release dioxins into the food when applied to high heat. This ultimately ends up in the cells of the body. By heating with glass or ceramic containers, you achieve the same result without the dioxin contamination.
According to Dr. Fujimoto, such things as TV dinners, weight watchers, lean cuisine and cup-o-noodle type foods should be removed from their containers and heated in a glass or ceramic dish. He said we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. He also stated that plastic wrap placed over foods as they are microwaved and freezing your water using plastic water bottles will also release dangerous dioxins into your food and water.
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