I am sure by now all of you have heard of BPA (bisphenol-A).  It is an industrial chemical used to make plastics.  It can be found in everything from food storage containers and baby bottles to toys and receipts. 

BPA is known to be an endocrine disruptor which can imitate our body's own hormones.  An article in Medical News Today describes some of the possible health effects of BPA from heart disease to breast cancer. 

I have been on a mission to get BPA out of my kitchen.  There are many sites that offer tips for reducing BPA exposure but one of my favorites is the Environmental Working Group. I guess the single easiest way to solve this is: reduce plastic use.  Most stores have lots of options that are now labeled BPA free.  Healthy Child, Healthy World has developed a pocket guide to safer plastics.  Print it out and take it with you.

Here are some suggestions I have found from my research:

  • Choose powdered baby formula and BPA free baby bottles.
  • Limit canned food unless BPA free, like Eden.  If you must eat it, rinse it first.
  • Use glass containers to store food. I like Pyrex and Rubbermaid.
  • Do not put plastic in microwave or dishwasher.  This causes the plastic to leach.
  • Never use plastic wrap to cover food heated in microwave. Use a paper towel.
  • Throw away plastic that is scratched or worn.
  • Use a stainless steel water bottle without a plastic liner.
  • As stated on their website, Ziploc brand plastic bags and Saran plastic wraps do not contain BPA. Or use wax paper sandwich bagsEtsy sells lots of super cute re-useable sandwich bags too.
  • Use a wooden cutting board not plastic.

 

For more information refer to these sites:

 


Please share how you are getting rid of BPA in your kitchen.

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