BPA. We’ve all heard of it, we’ve seen the BPA Free labels and we know it somehow involves plastic. But what is BPA really and how can we move closer to being BPA free?
BPA or bisphenol-A is a potentially toxic estrogen-mimicking compound used in plastic production that has been linked to breast cancer, early puberty, infertility, and other maladies. It’s dangerous enough that it has been banned in baby bottles in Europe, Canada, and even China–but not in the U.S. It’s in water bottles, store receipts, soup cans, and plastic-packaged foods, and many more products we encounter on a daily basis.
Here’s 5 things you can do today to cut back on your BPA exposure:
Drink tap water or rely on BPA-free stainless steel water bottles (from companies like Nalgene or Sigg) instead of slugging down bottled water.
Instead of eating microwavable meals that come out of plastic containers, eat only freshly-prepared, organic foods.
Instead of using plastic utensils, rely on the longer-lasting variety.
Steer clear of plastic storage containers for leftover food. Instead, use glass containers along with BPA-free plastic lids. The food should not touch the lids.
Instead of using a plastic coffee-maker or going out for coffee, use a French press or ceramic drip.
So while being BPA free may not be possible for most of us, there’s no harm in trying, and certainly no harm in reducing the poisonous toxins in your body.