Thinking of shunning plastics?
You’re not the only one. Ever since the dangers of BPA started making headlines in 2008, people have been concerned and wondering what they could do to avoid this potentially dangerous chemical.
BPA – also known as bisphenol A – is a controversial chemical used in the production of plastics. It’s a potential health hazard and has been connected with a host of dangerous side effects.
The FDA has even expressed some concern about this chemical and the potential effects it may have on the brain, behavior, and prostate glands in fetuses, infants, and young children. Also disturbing is the fact that more than 90 percent of us have BPA in our bodies, most of which we get by eating food that’s been in containers made with BPA.
As you can see, this chemical is downright nasty and it isn’t something that you want on your everyday menu. While it’s difficult to avoid BPA completely, you can take steps to reduce your exposure to this chemical by cutting down on the amount of BPA contaminated products that you purchase and consume.
If you’re considering joining the "no BPA brigade," or simply trying to avoid this chemical as much as possible, below are tips for avoiding BPA products:
- Look for BPA-free products.
- Choose products labeled as BPA-free. Also, note that plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 are often made with BPA.
- Avoid cans.
- Cut back on canned foods since most cans are lined with resin (which contains BPA).
- Use alternatives.
- Instead of plastic containers, choose glass, porcelain or stainless steel for hot foods and liquids.
While there’s still a fair amount of controversy surrounding this chemical, it is still undetermined the direct impact that it has on our health. Even so, it’s still a good idea to avoid BPA whenever possible. One simple way to do this is to look for alternatives to plastic like glass containers, which are free from BPA, and other potentially harmful chemicals as well.
What are your thoughts on BPA?