In the developed world, plastic wrap has become more omnipresent than the flag. We throw loose vegetables into plastic bags at the supermarket, and then when we have leftovers, we stuff them into other plastic bags with snap tops or into Tupperware-type containers, or, we wrap them in cling-wrap. But all these plastic storage methods, while beautifully convenient, threaten health in a big way.
Most plastic wrap contains a substance called DEHA, which has properties similar to phthalates—those nasty components in BPA plastics. Like phthlates, DEHA acts as an endocrine disruptor in the body. Studies have linked it directly to liver tumors in mice, as well as to asthma in children and to a wide range of cancers.
While manufacturers don’t advertise the fact, research shows that DEHA can leach from plastic onto food. In fact, in the late 90’s, Consumers Union conducted research and found that food wrapped in plastic had DEHA levels that exceeded maximum contamination levels set in Europe. The US did not limit DEHA content, claiming that the health hazards have not been clearly established. That’s still the claim and as of today, no DEHA standards are in effect in the US.
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