You’ve probably heard of BPA (bisphenol A). It’s an industrial chemical that’s been used in the manufacturing process of many plastics since the ‘60’s. Laws now require that some plastic products, like baby bottles, are BPA free. But there’s still a ton of plastic products out there that use it. One of the biggest problems with BPA is that it’s a hormone disruptor. And as I’ve said before, you want to avoid anything that messes with your hormones.
Because plastics are everywhere, BPA is everywhere. But there are things you can do to reduce your contact with it, or ingesting it.
The plastic liners in most canned foods have BPA. So avoid canned foods in general. There are some producers that use BPA-free liners. The coconut milk that I use (Native Forest Organic) uses no BPA. The cans still have a plastic liner though so it’s still not perfect.
Avoid drinking from plastic water bottles, especially if they have the number 7 recycling code on them. Use a stainless steel or glass water bottle.
Get some glass containers for your leftovers and never microwave your food in plastic.
All of those cash register receipts that you touch? There’s BPA in the thermal ink. So often, I don’t ask for or get a receipt. And if I do handle one, I make sure to wash my hands soon after.
It’s practically impossible to eliminate all BPA exposure, but if you do all of the above, it’ll help a lot.