17. Plastic Water Bottles
The viral rumor that originated in the 2000s declaring plastic water bottles to be a cause of cancer might have scared many bottled water drinkers, but the plastic was never found to cause cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, diethylhexyl asipate, or DEHA (a supposed carcinogen), is not always found in the plastic used to make water bottles, but even so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says DEHA is not prone to causing cancer. Along with the ACS and EPA, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) does not list DEHA as a carcinogen.
16. Microwaving Plastics
For years, the fear of reheating food in plastic containers and wraps caused worry, as the belief was that heat released cancer-causing chemicals that would get into the food. Due to the strict regulations enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), plastic food containers are approved and marked as “microwave safe”, meaning the plastic is free of dioxins.