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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Toxic Cooking ~ Dangers Of heating or Cooking Food in Plastics~ Keep Your Family Safe~

Don't Inject Your Brain With Chemicals

Regardless of the type of container always error on the side of safety and use quality cookware, like these seen to the left. Use extreme caution when heating food in the microwave if the containers are plastics.. Containers that are quote” Microwave Approved” may not meet standards for you or your child if you were aware of the chemistry under heat. Always error on the side of safety.
An example of a typical material Melamine can be very toxic and unstable under heat. Here are some details about Melamine:

Melamine resin is known as a thermoset plastic, because the plastic is fixed after molding.
 If exposed to enough heat, melamine will decompose. For this reason, melamine dishware should not be exposed to high temperatures like those in the oven and microwave.
The plastic is able to withstand higher temperatures than other plastics, however. Because it is a thermoset plastic, melamine resin is difficult to recycle.
Melamine resin is manufactured by mixing melamine with formaldehyde, and sometimes urea, under heat and pressure. The substances begin to polymerize and are forced into a mold which will create the desired shape. Under pressure, melamine releases water, which could make the plastic unstable if it is not removed. The materials finish polymerizing and create a finished product, melamine resin.

Melamine can be made into a foam product. Melamine foam has a distinctive structure composed of stacked bubble shapes, which are extremely hard and therefore can easily clean a wide variety of substances. Melamine foam is marketed under a variety of commercial names including Magic Eraser, a cleaning tool well known for removing scuffs and dirt from a wide range of surfaces.
Melamine resin is used in Formica and similar construction products made from composite materials. Formica is made using melamine resin, which is used to coat the fibers in the upper layer of the construction product. The melamine resin makes the end result heat resistant, so that hot objects can be set on the counter without concern. The surface of the material is designed to be easily wiped and cleaned, creating a long lived household product.

A convenient  product but these chemicials should not be leached into your food or ingested in any way. This problem is not specific to Melamine but is an example of the chemicial composition of plastics and the danger it presents if we use these materials for cooking our food.

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