Are your healthy foods toxic?!
This month, our clinical team wants to equip you to use safe methods of cooking and food storage in order to protect the nutrition in your foods, rather than destroying it! Follow along!
Let’s talk about the healthiest ways to be storing and using our leftovers. The most important thing to keep in mind is the quality of material you are using for storage containers. We want to do our best to avoid plastic, as it often contains the chemical BPA, which leaches into the food and makes its way right into our bodies. Even BPA-free options contain plastics that can be harmful to our bodies, specifically our endocrine system. The safest option to use is glass cookware and storage containers. These are safe for storage and cooking and are a responsible choice for our planet. The only downside to glass is that it can be heavy for taking on the go. The next alternative would be stainless steel containers which are also safe for both cooking and reheating. Be mindful of your use of products like aluminum foil and plastic wraps/bags. These are items to avoid as they can be highly toxic to the human body. Safe alternatives for covering and wrapping would be parchment paper or beeswax wraps.
Now that we have covered the best way to store your food, let’s talk about the best way to reheat your food. The safest way to reheat food would be in the oven, stove top or using a toaster oven as these methods maintain the integrity of your food. The number one reheat method we want to avoid is using a microwave. Microwaves reheat food by using electromagnetic radiation which channels heat into the molecules in the food. The biggest issue here is that you are exposing your food to radiation which completely denatures the food, rendering it devoid of the nutrition it once had. If you only have access to a microwave when you are at work, you have other options! A great option is to use an insulated lunch thermos; you would simply heat your food up in the morning and transfer it to the thermos. High quality thermos containers will keep your food hot/cold for up to 8 hours.
These rules also apply to beverages! You want to ensure whenever possible you are drinking out of glass or stainless steel containers, doing your best to always avoid plastic. There are great options on the market for safe on the go water bottles. You can use things you have at home as well, such as mason jars, or save your glass nut butter jars and lids as they work as great little on-the-go containers for both food and drink!