advertisement
18 July 2011

Avoid polystyrene foam

The chemical styrene, found in polystyrene foam cups and take-away containers, has been added to the list of possible human carcinogens. Avoiding it is a reasonable precaution.

The chemical styrene, found in polystyrene foam cups and take-away containers, has been added to the list of possible human carcinogens. That means we don’t know for sure if it contributes to cancer risk, but it’s a suspect and avoiding it when possible is a reasonable precaution.

  • Choose ceramic and glass for food and beverage containers.
  • For small children, tin cups and plates are also an option.
  • For parties and large catering events, paper cups and plates are a better choice than foam.
  • Containers made from harder plastics are acceptable, but as a general cautionary health rule, avoid using them for hot foods and drinks.

Styrene is also found in insulation, fiberglass, plastic pipes, automobile parts, carpet backing – and cigarette smoke. Exposure to styrene from smoking is an estimated 10 times that from all other sources.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Lifestyle »

E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

Allergy »

Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.

advertisement