Top 10 Ways to Avoid BPA
Many plastic items—#7 polycarbonate bottles (including baby bottles), microwave ovenware, eating utensils, as well as the plastic lining inside metal cans—are made with bisphenol A (BPA). Many studies have found that BPA interferes with hormones as phthaltes do. A 1998 study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reported that BPA stimulates the action of estrogen in human breast cancer cells. A 2012 study also published by EHP, shows that BPA impairs in vitro success.
There are a number of before-and-after reports of people eating a lot of food that had been stored in plastic packaging and having their blood drawn to see horrifying spikes of BPA after eating packaged food. The discussion about this experiment in Slow Death by Rubber Duck is the most famous. The BPA discussion is becoming mainstream.
All of us—women, men, and particularly those of childbearing age and children—need to make focusing on food packaging a priority if we care to reduce our BPA exposure.
If you haven’t heard enough about why you might want to skip the BPA, evidence suggests that BPA can cause erectile dysfunction.
Here are the top 10 ways I have reduced my family’s exposure to BPA and other plastics.
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By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).