9 Ways to Safely Heat Up Your Food

Use these tricks and tips to prevent yourself from unwanted chemicals and foodborne illness.

9 Ways to Safely Heat Up Your Food

By Toni Gasparis

Microwaves are super handy tools to heat up leftovers when you're in a rush. But microwaving foods in plastic containers can be super harmful to your health. Plastic containers that are labeled microwave safe-only guarantee that they will not melt in the microwave. However, the chemicals in the plastic can still leach onto your food when it's warming up. Use these tips to make sure you're heating up your food the healthy way.


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Use Glassware

Since plastic is not the safest option for microwaving food, try microwaving things in glass instead. Glasswear is super resilient and does not have any chemicals in it.

More: Easy Swaps to Get Rid of Plastic

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