In this health video you will learn why you should stop heating styrofoam.
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Lyle Hurd: Dr. Gilbere, I’d like to make a comment and that is that I’m always afraid to ask you about something because when you do, I have to go away saying, “Oh, I can’t do that anymore.” You were telling me that Styrofoam creates major health problems? Gloria Gilbere: Absolutely. Styrofoam not only as obviously a conglomerate, it’s a toxic soup of chemicals that are made. But if it’s in a cold glass like this one has ice in it, it’s not going to be as dangerous as if you heated this. If you have a cup of soup, that’s what really boils my, boils my boil as they say. When you get soup that people pop it in the microwave or in an office for instance because it’s easy to take. When you heat that, that Styrofoam becomes a neurotoxin. We’ve talked about that where it actually can kill neurons in the brain and it affects the respiratory system. If it’s inhaled, if you bring that cup of soup out and you go like that to see if it’s hot enough, you’re inhaling those foams which is extremely toxic. It can cause asthma, flu like symptoms, muscle aches and pains much like having the flue or fibromyalgia type symptoms. So it’s very, very dangerous and that’s why a lot of the coffee companies and people that sell fast food have refused to use Styrofoam. I mean they’re going more to paper and recycled paper. So it’s very important that you remember that if you get anything in Styrofoam when you get up, a take home bag which I’m famous for doing. The minute I get home, I take it out of the Styrofoam and if I heat it, I only use a steamer. Most people don’t think of using a rice cooker or a steamer to heat their food. It’s a far better alternative to even an oven or to using anything in the microwave because it keeps the food moist. It tastes like it was freshly made and you don’t have any pollutants because you’ve got water stimulants. So I use a regular rice cooker as a steamer in order to one food but never ever in Styrofoam. Lyle Hurd: I hope people listen to these things because it’s absolutely amazing when you think about it. Gloria Gilbere: And actually if you are close to the fumes when it’s been heated, it actually damage parts of the eye. Lyle Hurd: Styrofoam. Gloria Gilbere: Styrofoam , yes sir. Lyle Hurd: Well, thank you very much. Gloria Gilbere: You’re very welcome.