There is a lot of talk in the health industry regarding Bisphenol A, also known as BPA. Many studies have shown that, in high doses, it can effect one’s endocrine system and cause a variety of health problems. Even though the FDA states that the current allowable levels are not harmful, many people strive for a BPA-free lifestyle (or at least minimize their exposure).
These are ways you can limit the amount of BPA you consume:
Think Twice About Using Canned Foods
BPA has been removed from baby products, reusable water bottles and most toys, but it still remains part of the resin that lines some canned foods. Look for cans labeled as BPA-free or limit the amount of canned foods you eat. Of course, cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables is always great, but when they are not available, the frozen varieties are good alternative to canned foods that contain BPA.
Understand the Recycling Codes
If you plan to use plastic take a look at the code associated with the recycle symbol. It’s best to avoid numbers 1, 3, 6 and 7; the number 7 stands for “other” plastics such as nylon and polycarbonate. You’re best off using plastics labeled with the #4 recycle code out of them all.
Keep Plastics Cool
Avoid putting polycarbonate plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher. Doing so can break down the plastic, leaching BPA into the contents.
Buy Reusable Water Bottles
Nearly all plastic water bottles are now BPA-free, but it’s wise to invest in stainless steel or glass reusable bottles. Not only are they better for the environment, you’ve cut your changes of exposure to BPA.
Always keep your eyes peeled for “BPA-free” and “non-toxic” labels on the food and drinks you’re buying. There’s no shame, either, in calling the manufacturer to ask questions.
Check Your Coffeemaker
Though many manufacturers have come out with BPA-free appliances, there are some other alternatives to the traditional plastic coffeemaker such as a French press or a pour-over coffeemaker like Chemex.
Buy in Bulk
Take advantage of the bulk food section at your local grocery store. By doing so, you will limit the amount of potentially harmful plastics your food comes in contact with. These stainless steel storage containers are a smart choice for storing all of your bulk foods.
The most important thing to remember is moderation. The studies that have proven to be most concerning have been when the individuals were exposed to high doses of the chemical. Be mindful of what you are consuming and make an informed decision when purchasing.
Think you might want to go plastic-free in the kitchen? One of our staffers tried it for a week. Here’s how it went.
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