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7 Best Ways to Avoid Toxic BPA

7 Best Ways to Avoid Toxic BPA

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.

Top image Credit: Creative Commons photo by thenestor


1. Avoid Canned Food

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.

2. Quit Canned Soda

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.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by timo

3. Turn Down That Receipt

Most types of cash register receipts contain BPA. Since it’s a “free” form of the chemical, that means it gets onto your hands and into your body in greater quantity than with some of these other products.

If possible, just say no to the receipt when you’re at the store. If you do handle receipts, wash your hands as soon as possible, especially before handling food. You can also ask the store manager if they’re using BPA free receipts. The types that do not contain BPA are thermal paper from Appleton Paper or regular “bond” paper where the information is printed onto the receipt using ink.

4. Ditch the Type 3 and 7 Plastics

That bottled water delivered to your home or office is most likely stored in #7 plastic, and there are alternatives you can seek out.

You’ll also want to check your baby bottles and water bottles carefully, as some varieties of those are made with #3 and #7 plastic. The plastic number should be at the bottom inside something that looks like a recycle symbol. You definitely don’t want your child drinking out of BPA-laden plastic!

 

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Paul W Locke

5. Take Care When Canning

Canning is a great way to preserve the harvest, but many canning jars also contain BPA in the lining. Fortunately, there are BPA free options, like these jars with glass lids from Weck Canning.

6. Nurse Your Baby

In most situations, breast is best, and we’re now learning that infant formulas contain BPA from the packaging. You can lower the risk of BPA exposure by using powdered formula, if breast feeding is not an option. EWG has more detailed tips on BPA in formula and baby bottles.

7. Get Heard

Of course, the best way to avoid BPA would be to ban the stuff all together. You can tell Congress to ban BPA with this petition.

Do you guys have more tips for keeping BPA out of our bodies? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

 

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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12:43PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Thanks for this info.

12:09AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Thanks for reminding me about canned food. I forgot... o.O Ahhhhhhhhhh. So hard to avoid sometimes... ok... just takes additional thought and planning. Thank you!

11:01AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Thanks

1:02PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

thanks.

10:53AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

good to know

5:05PM PST on Feb 17, 2011

Thanks for the info - helps me want to avoid plastic even more!

2:18AM PST on Nov 22, 2010

It seems to be unsafe to eat or drink anything from the supermarket because of plastic containers or linings. Sad to see the corporates want or money and say we kill you at the same time, thanks for nothing.

3:40PM PST on Nov 15, 2010

THANKS.

11:49AM PST on Nov 14, 2010

D@mn, it's everywhere you look!

11:23PM PST on Nov 7, 2010

@ Janet, these weck pots are not expensive! @ BEcky Thanks for the advise.

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