Edible Film Made From Essential Oils Can Protect Foods Better Than Plastic
Turns out there's another reason to ditch the plastic: An edible film made from essential oils is not only better for you than keeping your food in plastics, but also does a better job of keeping your food.
The breakthrough comes via researchers at the Department of Food Technology at the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil, and was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In particular, the edible film is made from the essential oils of clove and oregano, and proved to keep foods longer than conventional plastics using the food preservative calcium propionate.
“Both essential oils reduced the rigidity and increased the extensibility of the methylcellulose films, effects that were even more pronounced for nanodroplets,” wrote the team. “Both essential oils lessened the counts of yeasts and molds in sliced bread during 15 days, and droplet size reduction provided a further improvement in antimicrobial properties.”
You by now know the many reasons to avoid plastics, including BPA and other chemicals, but know it's clear you may not have to.
“Leachables from plastics can include everything from leftover monomer building blocks to additives used to make plastic strong or malleable,” reads a report by Chemical & Engineering News, which is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
“If you have a material in contact with food, and if it’s not completely inert–and there are no completely inert materials–something in the packaging will end up in the food,” says Dimitrios Spyropoulos, a regulator at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) who helped lead an investigation into chemical leaching from food packaging back in 2009.
Fortunately, with the continued development of products like this edible film, that may be a worry of the past soon enough!
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