9 Common Items in Your Kitchen That Could Be Toxic

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Sometimes it seems impossible to avoid all the things that are labeled bad for you. Every day there is another new study proclaiming that an ordinary item is laden with dangerous chemicals. To make things even more difficult, experts often don’t agree on the level of danger presented. The scary thing is that some of these items can be found right in your own kitchen. Some people prefer to play it safe and avoid as many sources of toxic chemicals as they can. It’s a personal decision, however, when it comes to the things you keep around. These 9 kitchen items have been found to potentially be toxic.

1) Styrofoam Take-out Containers

Styrofoam containers are commonly used for leftovers, but the material is highly controversial. Styrene is a chemical in Styrofoam that has been found to leach into food when placed in microwaves. Even the heat from hot coffee or recently-cooked food might be enough to cause this. The U.S. Department of Health added styrene to the list of possible carcinogens in 2011. The FDA monitors the labeling of containers that are intended to be used with food, but even containers that are labeled safe can still release toxic chemicals into food. They just do so in small amounts presumed to be less harmful. Takeout containers are intended for one-time use and reheating your food in them should be avoided as a precaution. Plus, while the jury may be out on just how bad Styrofoam is for you, it’s definitely bad for the environment – especially if it’s not recyclable.

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