Seven Reasons to Stop Eating Food from Plastic Containers


Consuming all-natural, pesticide-free food is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll enjoy a healthy lifestyle. So it doesn’t make sense to eat antioxidant-packed food or drink liquids from plastic bottles. With all of the recent media reports about potential health concerns plastic bottles may cause, now is a great time to learn why you need to switch from plastic to glass. I’ll focus on why to only purchase food in glass containers and only storage your food in glass containers.

Reason #1: The biggest reason to avoid food packaged or bottled in plastic is leaching. Studies have shown over and over again that plastic bottle breaks down and plastic molecules actually leach into the food itself. This is a very well known in the food industry and is call “plastic leaching” This simply means no matter how natural or pesticide-free your food is, if it is packaged in plastic, you’ll soon be consuming plastic with every mouthful.

Action Steps:

When storing food, use glass mason jars. Simply purchase a supply of mason jars and lids and when possible, keep your food stored in glass jars. Simply replace the lids to ensure food safety.

Reason #2: Glass is more environmentally friendly. Glass outlasts plastic in the recycling process and you can repeatedly use and wash glass without it losing its shape, durability or cleanliness. Also, when you make a new purchase of a product packaged in glass it likely to have been made with recycled glass. Plastic food containers on the other hand are “downcycled”. This means that when a plastic bottle is recycled it is turned into other types of plastic products. So when you purchase a plastic bottle, it is made from new plastic.

Action Step:

Look to purchase only food that is originally packaged in glass bottles

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Reason #3: It simply tastes better. It doesn’t matter what type of food or drink it is. It always seems to taste better when it’s from a glass container.

Action Step:

Store water in your refrigerator or purchase milk only in glass bottles.

Reason #4: Glass is multi-functional. It doesn’t matter if it is food storage or food preparation. Glass is fully-functional from the fridge or freezer to the oven and finally to the table. In many instances all of the various stages of the food is usually is the same glass container.

Action Step:

Use glass containers that offer complete functionality. When purchasing glass dishes purchase tempered glass and microwave safe dishes so they can be used during all food preparation stages.

Reason #5: A single glass bottle can be used for many different uses throughout your home and office. For example, let’s say you purchase tart cherry juice in a 16 oz. glass bottle. After you consume the product, you can now use the same bottle to store milk or any other liquid food product. It can also be used as a flower vase, container for spare coins or maybe a place to show off all of the sea shells you collected while you were on vacation. After all of these different uses, you simply wash the bottle thoroughly and reuse it again. Make sure to purchase new lids, too to ensure food safety.

Action Step:

If you choose not to recycle bottle at your local recycling center, use it for different functions around your home or office.

Reason #6: Unlike plastic bottles, glass bottles don’t absorb smell or color from the food in them. The reason they occurs in plastic bottles is due to the porous nature of plastic bottles.

Action Step:

No matter what, certain types of food are only available in plastic contains. If you do purchase food in a plastic container, immediately switch to a glass contain to avoid plastic leaching.

Reason #7:

It creates a great ambiance. Glass offers an very pleasing presentation when served. For example, compared to serving dinner on a plastic plate or pouring milk from a plastic jug, glass makes food more appealing when served.

Action Step: Serve food and drink from glass plates and containers, only.

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Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas is an independent writer and writes about the natural health benefits of food, alternative medicine and natural home remedies. She in the process of developing her website sharing the wonders of Mother Nature. Some of her favorite sites include and