You may be wondering to yourself, “What does BPA stand for.” If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably heard people talking about it on the news a lot in recent months. So what’s the BPA-free craze all about and why should you care?
Bisphenol A (referred to as BPA), has been linked to several health issues that might concern you. Studies have shown that BPA mimics estrogen, binding to the same receptors as the natural female hormone in our bodies. Repeated exposure to BPA may be associated with infertility problems, sexual dysfunction, breast cancer, prostate cancer, early onset of puberty, and other health issues. This industrial chemical is used in plastics and numerous consumer products. You can find BPA in canned food especially, used to prevent corrosion and food contamination. It’s no coincidence that BPA free food storage containers are the new craze. There is even the Starbucks BPA-free contigo travel mug.
A recent study conducted by the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute found that families that avoided canned foods or foods packaged in plastic, and instead ate clean, fresh food, had 60% lower levels of BPA after just three days. So how can you avoid exposing your body to this harmful chemical? Look for BPA free dinnerware and BPA-free baby bottles, never microwave plastic, avoid plastic containers marked with the number 7 on the bottom, and until there are BPA free cans on the market, buy foods from cardboard cartons instead. Try to use glass or stainless steal containers when storing food, and as always cook cleanly, using fresh foods you make yourself.
Yours in Health,