BPA or bisphenol-A is a dangerous chemical linked to health concerns from digestive problems to issues with brain development. It’s recently been found in 91 percent of Canadians and is present in around two billion products here in the U.S. that we use on a daily basis. Because it’s the most harmful on developing brains and bodies, children and pregnant women especially need to avoid contact with BPA.
While the industry claims that BPA exposure levels from their products are safe, that claim seems a little shaky when you start adding up all of the places we come into contact with BPA: canned food and soda, receipts, bottled water, plastic food containers, baby bottles and more.
Here are some of the common places we come into contact with BPA each day and how to limit exposure.
While some companies have taken the BPA out of their cans, most still use this harmful chemical in the canning process. Your best bet is to either hunt down BPA free canned foods, like beans from Eden Organics, or avoid them all together.
This is especially important with more acidic foods like tomatoes. You’ll want to stick with fresh tomatoes or the sort that come in a glass jar or cardboard box.
BPA has been found in many varieties of canned soda. This is a pretty easy issue to address! Soda isn’t the healthiest option to begin with. Sticking with water and tea is better for your body beyond the BPA.
If you do want to treat yourself to a soda pop, you’re better off with the sort from a soda fountain.
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