5 Items I never leave around in the pantry and neither should you

“Prevention is better than cure.” We all know this saying very well and it’s time we applied it to our pantry items too. Now you might ask why?

Well, our kitchen is filled with such items which are actually harmful to us but we aren’t aware of them because these are the most common items used. Here is a list of all those items which you need to keep an eye out for and probably remove from your kitchen right now:

Canned Foods

Probably one of the worst things you could do is eat food which was previously canned. We know that such foods are so much more convenient to store and serve than fresh food but there are many side effects to this.

A plastic known as BPA(Bisphenol-A) lines all these cans which have been proved to disturb your hormones and cause infertility, breast cancer, etc. So if you do choose canned products, it would be better to be vigilant and go for only those products which don’t have a BPA lining.

Aluminium Foil

It has been long known that this product causes degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and it has been proven that cooking in aluminium foil increases its level by 378%.

Apart from foil, this chemical is found in many utensils, water bottles, canned foods, etc. and its prolonged exposure could seriously affect your mental health. So even though you might think that it may not hurt to use it every now and then, but imagine what would its long-term exposure do to you?

Plastic Containers

It’s a common knowledge that plastic is detrimental to our health if used for long periods of time. Plastics which contain PET (polyethylene terephthalate) such as water bottles, cooking oil bottles, etc. are known to discharge acetaldehyde which is a possible human carcinogen.

Another kind of plastic commonly used in packaging of food is phthalates. These are known to affect the male brain, testosterone levels in babies, etc. So next time you decide to keep food in a plastic container, better make sure that this won’t turn out to be a bad idea after all.

Food Coloring and Dyes

A lot of our food products contains added colors and dyes which could be detrimental to our health. Researchers have found that several kinds of dyes can cause thyroid, cancer and hence are banned in cosmetics and drugs. Many other dyes have known to cause hyperactivity in kids.

This might prove dangerous in the long run so the most logical step would be to make sure you only use food products which don’t have any color added to them. They might look less appealing but hey, at least you won’t have to worry about falling sick because of them.

Antibacterial Soaps

If you think using these soaps is going to keep you clean and safe, then think again because these soaps are known to be more harmful than normal soaps. Most of these soaps and bars have a harmful substance called triclosan in them which can affect your hormones and cause several problems.

It also causes other problem such as thyroid dysfunction, allergies, etc., so it is better to stay away from these soaps. Also, it has not been proven that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular soaps, so why to take the risk?

 

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