Why BPA is a Big Deal

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We have all heard of it by now-BPA’s. You know they are bad, and know they are linked to cancer. You have also probably heard that heating your food up in the microwave without taking it out of the plastic container is liked to this as well.

It’s a bigger deal that you thought.

BPA was first made in 1891, and was found to mimic the effects of estrogen during the 30s. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that manufacturers began to use it to make plastic. BPA is cheap, and makes strong, clear, shatter-resistant that wouldn’t fall apart when heated, cooled, or dropped. Not only did this make for a great way to store leftovers, but it posed a solution to the problem of cans corroding.

Bringing in tens of millions every day, BPA seems legit-too bad its killing us.

BPA is in…

  • water bottles and bottled water
  • epoxy resin in lining of canned goods and paper cups
  • plastic kitchen items [sandwich bags, automatic coffee makers, plastic utensils and food containers etc.]
  • baby bottles, sippy cups, teethers, baby bottle nipples, rattles, and other toys
  • car interiors
  • shower curtains
  • makeup
  • medical devices
  • hygiene products [deodorant and shampoo bottles]
  • fragrances in shampoo and lotion

Why you should care-

How you can limit your exposure-

  • Fresh is Best
    • Epoxy lining in canned goods, and plastic packaging both contain BPA and phthalates that can leach into the food and drinks before you even buy them. Opt for fresh as much as you can, since it’s not practical to cut out packaged and canned food all together.
  • Organic Foods
    • Focus on produce, meat and dairy. These are the most important organic foods. Skip the organic packaged food in the isles to save you some money.
  • Use a refillable glass water bottle
  • Invest in a water filter
  • Store food in glass containers instead of plastic Tupperware
    • At high or low temperature levels [like in the microwave or freezer], BPA can leach from the plastic container into your food and drinks.
  • Look at the triangle on the bottom of plastic containers.
    • Those marked 1 or 7 are less likely to have high levels of BPA and phthalates than the ones marked 2,4, or 5 .
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  • Opt for Fragrance-Free
    • ‘fragrance’ and ‘parfum’ on labels are a red flag that the product contains BPAs and phthalates. Look for things scented with essential oils instead.
  • Say yes to French press
    • Automatic coffee makers have quite a bit of plastic. Just like how heating up your plastic in the microwave leaches the BPAs, so does the hot water when you’re making coffee. A French press, stainless steel percolator, or glass kettle keep hot water away from plastic, and BPAs from leaching into your drinks.
  • Very unenthusiastic about plastic wrap
    • Storing your leftovers in plastic containers is bad…well covering them in plastic is just as bad. Really cold temperatures leach out BPAs just like hot temperatures do.
    • Swap out your plastic wrap for parchment paper, aluminum foil, and of course glass jars with silicone lids.
  • Really giving up those paper Dixie cups.
    • disposable paper cups are usually lined with the same plastic epoxy lining in canned goods, plus they’re hella wasteful.
    • Use a mug to rinse out your toothpaste, and invest in a shot glass.BPA-free-chart_0
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