Microwaveable meals are a large part of many American’s daily eating habits. Quick and convenient, they offer the ability to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals within a matter of minutes. Microwaveable meals help to avoid hours of prep and cooking time, not to mention money purchasing different ingredients to put together a meal.
Whether for a quick breakfast before work, a convenient lunch, or a hassle-free dinner, microwaveable meals certainly make life a little easier. But ever since microwaves began showing up in family kitchens, the question has lingered: Are microwaveable meals safe?
There have been numerous studies on the subject performed by the FDA, involving everything from how microwaves affect nearby bystanders to whether or not microwaves zap the nutrition out of food (they don’t).
One of the more recent studies that has everyone talking is the presence of BPA in food packaging. Researchers aimed to find out if BPA frozen food packaging results in toxins being released when frozen dinner containers that use BPA are microwaved.
What Is BPA?
BPA (bisphenol-A) is a chemical found in a wide variety of plastic products, as well as the inner lining of canned foods and vegetables. You may have heard about toxins from BPA leaking into canned tomatoes, and even affecting some plastic water bottles. BPA in the body can lead to several maladies and illnesses, and the concerns of BPA in food packaging have led many companies to develop food packaging and plastic frozen food containers that are BPA-free.
Do All Plastic Frozen Food Containers Contain BPA?
At one time, a good portion of frozen food containers comprised of plastic may have contained BPA. But believe it or not, containers with BPA lining did not need to be microwaved for the BPA to wind up in your body. Simply drinking bottled water or eating food from a can with BPA lining could increase BPA levels in your body.
Subsequently, there has been a large movement to increase the amount of BPA-free packaging, especially in plastic frozen food containers, where microwaves could increase the amount of BPA that winds up in the food and ultimately gets consumed.
Is It Safe to Microwave BPA-Free Plastic?
So the next question is, are microwaveable meals safe if the packaging is BPA-free? Well, yes and no.
While getting rid of the BPA is plastic frozen food containers is certainly a step in the right direction, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other harmful chemicals present. Unfortunately, BPA-free doesn’t always translate to completely safe.
Thankfully, some companies are fully aware of this fact and have developed microwave packaging tray sleeves that are not only BPA-free, but also free from other harmful chemicals and toxins. Here at Beetnik Foods, we use a CPET packaging tray, which was developed for the food industry to ensure food safety.
There are quite a few benefits of using this type of sleeve aside from food safety. Visit Beetnik Foods to learn more about our mission for better health and a clean environment, and to try our organic frozen meals that are healthy and reasonably priced.
In the meantime, also be conscious of the food you purchase and its packaging. You don’t need to avoid the microwave and plastic frozen food containers so long as you purchase foods in BPA-free containers that are free of other harmful chemicals as well, such as the packaging tray sleeves produced by Beetnik Foods.