How to avoid microwave mistakes...

    How many microwave mistakes do you make? Fill a one-cup glass measure with water and place it in the microwave. Place the utensil to be tested next to - but not touching - the cup of water. Microwave on high power for one minute. If the utensil feels hot, it contains metal and is not microwave safe. Don’t use it. Some plastics in food containers can break down when a plastic container is overheated or in certain alkaline environments, leaching out and possibly getting into food. These dangers might raise the risk for prostrate and breast cancer since BPA functions like an estrogen in your body. A greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes is likely because BPA causes endocrine dysfunction. Liver problems are also something to consider. To be safe, avoid using plastic containers in the microwave; instead use glass or ceramic containers that are microwave safe. Look for food containers with recycle codes 2, 4, or 5, which are unlikely to contain BPA, and steer clear of those with codes 3 or 7. Don’t microwave food with plastic wrap touching it. Instead, cover your plate with an inverted plate or paper towel. Just a few words of caution.

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