As for BPA, if you’d prefer not to be ingesting it–say, for instance, that you like sexual desire and the ability to enjoy it, and you don’t like cancer, heart disease, and other assorted health catastrophes–here are some tips on how to avoid it.
The main culprits, aside from occupational exposure, are canned food and hard plastic food and water containers:
- Buy prepared foods in jars when possible–especially tomatoes and tomato sauce.
- Opt for fresh produce when you can, choose frozen produce over canned.
- Use dried beans instead of canned beans–they’re less expensive, easy to cook from scratch, and super awesome: read more about cooking beans here.
- When possible it is best to avoid #7 plastics, especially for children’s food. Plastics with the recycling labels #1, #2 and #4 on the bottom are safer choices and do not contain BPA.
- Find baby bottles in glass versions, or those made from the safer plastics including polyamine, polypropylene and polyethylene. Bottles used to pump and store expressed breast milk by the brand Medela are labeled BPA-free.
- Soft or cloudy-colored plastic does not contain BPA.
- Many metal water bottles are lined with a plastic coating that contains BPA. Look for stainless steel bottles that do not have a plastic liner.
Read more about the dangers of plastic, and food storage here.