5 Steps to Avoiding BPA

| 8/26/2010 11:27:00 AM

Bisphenol A (BPA) is everywhere: water bottles, food containers, canned food and more plastic products than you can imagine. BPA, a synthetic estrogen, has the strongest effects on babies and infants whose bodies are still growing and developing, but this toxic chemical’s endocrine-disrupting abilities have serious implications for adults, too. BPA has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, infertility and disorders associated with the reproductive system.

Because of its almost omnipresence in our everyday lives, avoiding BPA is hard—but not impossible! Minimize your contact with BPA by following these five steps.

canned food
Want to avoid BPA? Avoid canned food! BPA lurks in the lining of canned foods. Photo By James Calder/Courtesy Flickr.

1. Eschew canned food. 

Food manufacturers use BPA in the lining of canned foods because the chemical creates a barrier between the food and the metal can. Eating canned food is riskier than you might think. One serving of canned food a day can expose you to 83 times the recommended limit for exposure to BPA outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency. Why bother with store-bought canned food products? Food fresh from the garden will not only taste better, it’s apparently better for you, too.

2. Just say "No" to number 7.

Whitney Murphy
4/2/2013 2:12:32 AM

Become involved in your local government. Vote, go to conventions and become a delegate...and keep in contact with your local government/representatives. That's how you get GMO's labeled and BPA labeled or hopefully, changed to "not-approved" for food use. Plus, it doesn't cost anything!

2/5/2013 7:21:51 PM

What should people do who have no garden space for growing their own? Frequently, they are the same people that cannot afford to buy the more expensive organic foods at farmer's markets or the store. And when both parents work, it is very difficult to cook everything from scratch, whether or not it's organic. And are the bags that frozen veges come in OK?