Daria Blagova
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Samvel Gevorgyan
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Plastic packaging can cause serious illnesses. Which ones?

We talk a lot about the damage plastic bags, bottles, and cups do to the environment. At the same time, almost every day there is new data on the ways disposable packaging affects the human body. In this article, we are telling you what you need to urgently give up on in order to preserve your health.
As we know, when plastic gets into the environment, it breaks down into particles, which sooner or later through a variety of ways appear in our stomachs and begin to poison our body. But many people still think it's a small thing, that is unworthy of their attention, for them the journey of plastic from the dump to our dining table looks too long.

It's time to get rid of skepticism: sometimes packaging starts to poison the body instantly. The fact is that in some cases, upon contact with food, it begins to "pass" its toxic substances. Especially, it happens when the food is heated — so it becomes more susceptible to infection.

Disease: cancer
Where it hides: in containers for take-out food (Yes, even in paper ones!)

Polystyrene, which is part of almost every disposable container, is considered a powerful carcinogen. Such civilized cities as New York, Washington, and San Francisco have already banned the use of coffee cups, plates and boxes made of this material.
Disease: infertility (as well as liver and kidney disease)
Where it hides: in containers for takeaway food

A study published last year showed that almost two-thirds of paper containers for takeaway food in the US contain a large amount of fluoride — which means that perfluorooctanesulfonic acid was used in the production of the packaging. In the laboratory, it has been proven that this substance causes infertility, malformations in the fetus, as well as liver, kidney and immune problems. The environmental agency even links the use of such packaging with a decrease in the birth rate.

Disease: hormonal disorders, thyroid diseases, infertility
Where it hides: in aluminum cans

A variety of products is sold in aluminum containers, from beer to baby food. Often, cans out of this metal are covered with bisphenol — an additive that, according to many studies, destroys the endocrine system. Many American companies have stopped using bisphenol in baby food packaging, but it is still found in all other products. It is not known whether this substance is being banned in Armenia. It is worth mentioning that endocrine diseases are often associated with breast and prostate cancer, infertility and metabolic disorders.
Disease: childhood obesity, cardiovascular disease, and child hormonal disorders
Where it hides: in type 3 plastics (most often used for technical purposes due to its danger, but sometimes you can see it on the shelves of grocery stores), as well as in cling film.

The plastic of this type is made of polyvinyl chloride, which can emit phthalates. They destroy hormones, promote childhood obesity and cardiovascular diseases, as well as interfere with the development of male genital organs. Especially dangerous can be the cling film, in which vegetables are wrapped — with such close contact, it easily passes its toxins to food.

Disease: kidney failure, and also bad mood
Where it hides: in type 6 plastic (cups for yogurt, meat trays, boxes for vegetables and fruits, and heat-insulating boards are made of it).

When heated, it releases styrene, which can cause depression and fatigue. In high doses, it can also affect kidney function and cause cancer.
Disease: kidney failure, and also bad mood
Where it hides: in type 6 plastic (cups for yogurt, meat trays, boxes for vegetables and fruits, and heat-insulating boards are made of it).

When heated, it releases styrene, which can cause depression and fatigue. In high doses, it can also affect kidney function and cause cancer.
Disease: hormonal failures, problems with metabolism
Where it hides: in the type 7 plastic (it is used to make high-capacity water bottles)

It may contain BPA (or bisphenol A), which adversely affects the endocrine system, that in fact may lead to metabolic disorders. Sometimes it is also associated with cancer and infertility.
What else is worth giving up on

Plastic impurities are also contained in disposable coffee cups and when heated emit a lot of harmful substances. The same is with frozen food, which is usually heated directly in a plastic tray in the microwave. In General, it is better not to heat anything in plastic — switch to durable glass and ceramics.
Source: Guardian