In our house, we use only glass containers for storing food.
That’s because there’s a growing awareness that putting food in plastic is a potential health hazard. That’s because plastic can contain a number of chemicals, such as Bisphenol A and phthalates, which can disrupt the hormones.
Although the link hasn’t been proven, there’s some concern that eating food contaminated with these compounds could potentially lead to breast cancer and other hormone-fueled malignancies. These chemicals may also contribute to reproductive problems.
Some research has shown that Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, might also have a negative effect on brain development in young children.
In any event, the evidence mounts that we need to reduce or limit or exposure to these compounds.
Unfortunately, though much of our food comes packaged in plastic. In addition, many people still pack lunches in plastic containers. Some of the newer products on the market advertise themselves as BPA-free or phthalate free, which is a step in the right direction. However, some health experts have expressed concern that other, less studied, chemicals found in plastic containers may be worrisome as well.
Glass Food Container For Lunch
Glass food containers are the safest, as far as food storage. Clear glass that has no glaze, as you’d fine on ceramics, is chemically stable. So it won’t leach harmful substances into your food.
In addition, glass is certainly preferable to plastic if you microwave your lunch. That’s because heating plastic releases greater amounts of compounds into your food.
However, you should also be aware that microwaved food carries its own set of risks. (If you’re in the habit of microwaving, The Zapping of America, written by investigative journalist Paul Brodeur, may convince you to rethink that practice.)
Glass Food Storage Containers Locking Lids
The safest way to enjoy your lunch is to pack it in glass, and either eat it cold or find an alternate way of warming it. This very functional set of Pyrex glass storage containers with lids is made in America. The plastic lids are made without BPA. Shown here is 10 piece set of different sized bowls and pans. But it’s also available in 6, 12, 14 and 18-piece sets.
There are safety concerns that will probably preclude you from being able to pack a child’s lunch in a glass container. However, with a young child in preschool, or even full-day kindergarten, it might be possible for a teacher to store the lunch until it’s ready to be served on a paper plate or a napkin.