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The Health Dangers Involved With Styrofoam

Styrofoam is a manufactured product made of polystyrene foam. It is far from biodegradable and will actually remain on the earth forever. Styrofoam is not only bad for your health but harmful to the environment and the health of future generations as well.

Hot Foods in Styrofoam Containers

Restaurants often put their “to go” foods in styrofoam containers. The heat from the hot food products and any grease or oils that get onto the container can melt the styrofoam. This can cause a variety of health problems for the person consuming the food.

People that have eaten food products that were in slightly melted styrofoam have had headaches and stomach issues such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea shortly afterward. Those that regularly reheat prepared foods in styrofoam have complained of those symptoms as well as fatigue, headaches and have been diagnosed with kidney problems.

Many companies have switched from styrofoam to paper wrappers for these reasons. Unfortunately, full meals just cannot be wrapped in paper. We must be more cautious when ordering takeout meals and be diligent about not eating foods that have melted the styrofoam and vow not to microwave foods in styrofoam containers.

Styrofoam and Animals

Styrofoam can cause major problems for animals. The scent of the food as well as any remnants of it is left in the styrofoam container. This entices the animal to chew on the container which can cause the animal to choke on the pieces. The animal can die from asphyxiation if this occurs. It can also result in an intestinal blockage requiring surgery as well as veterinary aftercare. Without surgery, an intestinal blockage can kill the animal.

Styrofoam and Air Pollution

There are numerous components that are used to manufacture styrofoam products. The chemical known as pentane is used to create the structure of styrofoam products. During the manufacturing process, pentane is released into the air and increases smog in the environment. The incineration of styrofoam products releases toxic ash in the air. Humans breathe in the toxins and can experience a host of health problems.

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