What is BPA?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most commonly produced chemicals in the world. The chemical is produced as a by-product of polycarbonate plastic manufacturing and leaches into food and beverages during storage. BPA has been labeled an endocrine disrupting hormone meaning it mimics your body’s natural hormones and can trigger major changes in your body. BPA has been strongly linked to a number of health problems including:
- Early puberty
- Birth defects
- Mammary gland stimulation
- Disrupted reproductive cycles
- Changes in gender-specific behaviour
- Increased prostate size
- Liver damage
- Heart Disease
- Increased fat formation and risk of obesity
When eating or drinking out of plastic BPA is deposited into your body.
Top Tips To Reduce BPA Exposure:
- Avoid Canned Foods and Drinks
The plastic lining within the can contains BPA! Look for BPA free tins next time your at the grocery store. Foods that are highly acidic are more likely to leach BPA from the can lining so tomatoes are a big one to avoid.
- Use Jars and Glass Containers for Food Storage
Recycle jars and use glass containers to store your left overs and pantry items. Limit your plastic wrapping and try to avoid it directly contacting your food.
- Carry your own water bottle
Avoid buying water in plastic bottles, get in the habit of carrying your own water bottle preferably stainless steel or glass.
- Choose Glass or Cardboard Packaged Products
Avoid buying products packaged in plastic to limit your exposure.
- Never microwave your food in plastic
If you choose to microwave your food use a glass container as heating the plastic will only enhance the the BPA leaching process.
- Avoid Recycling No.7
Plastic containers labeled with the recycling number 7 or the letter PC are most likely to contain BPA.
- Moderation is Key!
Plastic is everywhere in modern society and much of it is designed to go into your mouth. A realistic approach is to reduce plastic in as many areas as possible. The less canned foods, plastic bottle beverages and plastic containers you use the less exposure you will have to BPA.