23 April 2008

Would You Still like Your Triple-Cream Frappa-Mocha Java Delight in Styro Cups?

Save to Google Bookmarks!Styrofoam cups and containers are mostly used for foods and beverages. People find it easy to use styrofoam cups as it is not easily worn out. Similarly, you'll be able to get hold of hot foods/beverages due to its thickness. However, was it of the same thickness after use? Quantitatively, we might barely figure it out. Chemically, we are consuming 0.025% of the styrofoam cup for a single use. Styrofoam are made of polystyrene and migrates to food/beverages. Hence, if you were drinking water, tea or coffee from polystyrene cups 4 times a day for 3 years, you were actually consuming about 1 styrofoam along with your beverages...(con't)

Styrene migration has been shown to be partially dependent on the fat content of food in it. The higher the fat content, the higher the migration into the food. In addition, alcohols and acids increases migration rate.

Once styrene gets into your food/drink it mimics estrogen in the body. Thus, it can disrupt normal hormone functions, possibly contributing to thyroid problems, menstrual irregularities and other hormone-related problems. It is also considered a possible human carnicinogen. So, breast and prostate cancer are likely to occur.

Long termexposures to small quantities of styrene is also suspected of causing low platelet counts, hemoglobin values as well as chromosomal and lymphatic abnormalities. Accumulation of styrene in tissues of the brain, spinal cords and peripheral nervesmight also cause neurotoxic effects resulting in fatigue, nervousness, difficulty in sleeping and other acute or chronic health problems associated with the nervous system.

In order to avoid these health problems, use ceramic plates, bowls and mugs/cups. Choose paper instead of polystyrene. Never microwave food in polystyrene.

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Richelle said...

Tnx my pretty friend Ivy for this! I love you!

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