27 May 6 Tips for Reducing Your Exposure to BPA
BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is a chemical found in things like our plastic water bottles, food storage containers, and food cans. While there has been debate over the potentially harmful side effects of BPA, the FDA claims that “BPA is safe at very low levels that occur in some foods” (Mayo Clinic). If you want to play it safe while research continues, you can take some steps to reduce you and your family’s exposure:
- Eat fresh food when possible. Avoid canned foods or food packaged in plastic, especially those with recycling numbers 3, 7, or the letter “PC”.
- Drink from a glass. Whenever possible, avoid plastic bottles. This includes baby bottles! Plus, it’s better for the environment.
- Use BPA-free products or limit contact with BPA products.
- Think about what your kid’s toys and products are made of, especially the ones they put in their mouth.
- Avoid heat – dishwashers and microwaves can cause BPA to leak into your food. Use glass containers instead.
- Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods instead of plastic.