You may have seen the phrase “BPA-free” on the side of some packaging; sounds like a good thing – and it is—but what does it really mean? Find out what BPA is and how to reduce BPA exposure.
What is BPA and what does it do to your body?
BPA is a chemical compound, often present in clear plastics and epoxy resins. Research has shown that BPA can actually seep into food and beverages, which is why many people want to avoid products made with BPA. Technically, the FDA says BPA isn’t harmful to our bodies in low levels, but it is ongoing research. Also, what is a “low level”? If your body takes in a little BPA every day…that surely can’t be a good thing!
How to Reduce BPA Exposure
The best way to reduce your BPA exposure is to avoid buying and using products with BPA in them. Here’s a list:
Want to cool down with a can of cola? Betcha didn’t know there was BPA in that. Most soda cans have BPA in them. Though many scientific studies have stated that the levels of BPA in soda cans are so low that it cannot hurt your health, one thing is not clear: what about people who drink A LOT of canned soda – and are exposed to BPA in other ways? Even if the BPA found in canned soda is minimal, it’s best to avoid it whenever possible.
Alternative: Get soda in glass…or just drink water instead!
Many microwave meals come in a plastic container that you just pop in the microwave and enjoy! Simple, right? Yeah, if you want to sprinkle some BPA in that microwave lasagna, then sure. Actually, when these plastic dishes are heated up, the BPA is likely to release into your food. Mmm…no thanks. Think that just because you’re eating an organic meal, it’s free of BPA? Think again!
Alternative: Opt for freshly cooked meals!
A lot of canned foods have BPA in them, so watch out! Companies use BPA to line the inside of the can. In particular, canned spaghetti, ravioli, and chicken soup are known to have high BPA. There are some canned food brands that do not have – or have very limited – BPA.
Alternative: Some organic canned foods may be BPA-free such as Amy’s.
Stop Using Plastics with BPA
A lot of storage containers, sports bottles, and so on, have BPA in them. Usually, the ones that do not will clearly tell you they are BPA-free on the packaging. Some plastic cups also have BPA in them.
Alternative: Use BPA-free items. For example, choose Tritan glasses – the plastic alternative that is BPA-free and EA-free.
Is it true that clear plastic has BPA and plastic that is not clear is BPA-free?
No! While this used to be an easy rule of thumb for spotting plastics with BPA, it is no longer true. Tritan is a type of plastic that is BPA-Free and crystal clear! TaZa glasses are made of Tritan, and are BPA-free, EA-free and clear as can be!