29 Things You Think Cause Cancer but Don’t


Back in the 2000s, you might have read that plastic contains diethylhexyl adipate (DEHA), a supposed carcinogen. According to the American Cancer Society, DEHA is not always in the plastic used to make water bottles—and even if it was, the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says DEHA ‘cannot reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer.’ Likewise, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) doesn’t list DEHA as a carcinogen. Here are 30 foods that can help prevent cancer.

Since at least 2002, people have been afraid to microwave foods in plastic containers and plastic wrap under the mistaken impression that it will release cancer-causing chemicals into their food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly regulates plastic food containers and approves the ones marked ‘microwave safe.’ This means the plastic is free of DEHA and dioxins, according to the ACS.

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