Toxic Tuesday: BPA
BPA (Bisphenol A) is an endocrine disruptor used to make polycarbonate plastics that are found in many plastic products including food storage containers. BPA can be exposed through inhalation, ingestion, and skin absorption. It has been linked to recurrent miscarriage.
Here are some tips to reduce your exposure to BPA.
- Don’t microwave plastic food containers. Over time they may break down from overuse at high temperatures and release BPA.
- Check the recycle codes on the bottom of plastic containers. Some (but not all) plastics that are marked with recycling codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.
- Reduce your use of canned foods.
- Don’t store or drink from plastic water bottles that have been left in the hot Arizona heat.
- When possible, opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids. Instead of canned beans, buy dry beans and soak them yourself.
Our purpose for these articles is to keep you informed so you can make better choices for your health and your families.