How to limit you exposure to BPA
Canned foods are thought to be the predominate route of BPA exposure.
- 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–here are some quick cooking tips!
All U.S. manufacturers use BPA-based lining on the metal portions of infant formula containers. Tests of liquid formulas by the FDA and EWG show that BPA leaches into the formula from all brands tested. Enfamil formula appears to have the highest concentrations of the 20 tests. The only solution here is to use alternatives to canned formula. If you have found a formula that is listed as BPA-free, please tell us about it in the comment field!
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.
- Soft or cloudy-colored plastic does not contain BPA.
- Bottles used to pump and store expressed breast milk by the brand Medela are also labeled BPA-free.
- 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 about plastic and food storage here.
For the full details of the report, visit Consumer Reports.org.