If you are looking for ways to remove toxins and other harmful substances from your life, and that of your family, then eliminating BPA is a good place to start. While it may seem like targeting BPA for removal is a fairly easy thing to do, that is not entirely true. In fact, you might be surprised by just how many things have BPA in them.
For most people, BPA is associated with water bottles. And yes, most water bottles do have potentially harmful BPA in them. So, getting rid of any BPA water bottles is an excellent first step in getting BPA out of your life. But it is just one step among many.
What is BPA?
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical compound that has been in use since the 1960s. Primarily, BPA has been used in the creation of various resins and plastics. Some of the things that contain BPA include toys, food containers, thermal paper products, baby bottles, food can liners, dental sealants, bottle tops and water bottles.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive consensus on the safety of BPA. If you ask the National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services or the FDA, they say that there is “some concern” in regards to BPA and the effects it may have on the brain as well as infant, children and fetuses. However, the American Chemistry Council maintains that there is no health risk from BPA exposure.
Regardless of what the experts say, some people (like me) still want to limit exposure to BPA simply because there is a possibility of adverse health effects. If you are also one of those people, then the internet is the perfect place for you to get more information on getting BPA out of your life.
When you eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, are you unknowingly consuming a side of BPA with your food? A recent article on All Things Healing seems to think that may actually be the case. According to the article, our food containers, bottles and other packaging may be leaking BPA into the food that we actually eat. This is some potentially alarming information since there may be a link between BPA and prostate and breast cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society points out that there is some concern regarding BPA and its effects on the human body.
Since the entry point for the BPA seems to be food containers, that makes it incredibly important to choose food that is in BPA-free containers when possible. This means no plastic wrap or actual plastic containers. Avoiding using a microwave to heat or cook food is another great way to lower your exposure to BPA.
In order to reduce your normal BPA exposure from food on a day to day basis, then keep these important tips in mind:
- use glass or ceramic containers to store food
- use stainless steel pans to cook your food instead of non-stick pans
- use aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap to cover your food and dishes
- only use canned foods that are BPA free
Utilizing these tips will help you prevent BPA from taking up residence in your lunch!
In December 2012, the French parliament took a major step in the health and welfare of its citizen by banning BPA in baby food packaging and all other food containers.
As a result of this new ban, no baby food containers can have BPA in them starting in 2013. And food companies get until 2015 to remove BPA from food containers. This means that by 2015 there will be no food containers in France that have BPA in them at all.
What made the French parliament make such a decision?
Some studies utilizing lab animals showed results that pointed to toxic effects on the nervous system and brain as a result of the BPA exposure. Other studies that played a part in the decision show a link between reproductive disorders, coronary heart disease and BPA exposure.
France actually banned baby bottles containing BPA back in 2010, so it is really not all that surprising that they took this move. Many other countries have also banned BPA in baby bottles.
For more on this story, check out this NY Daily News article.