Thanks to dramatic headlines, scary news stories and the limitless amount of internet search engines provide, health panic can be contagious. While you don’t want to buy into hysterics, it’s never a bad thing to be cautiously aware of potential health concerns.
Since the 1960’s, Bisphenol A (BPA) has been a vital chemical used to make plastics and resins used in the production of many household items, such as:
- Reusable food containers
- Frozen meals
- Beverage bottles
- Digital media
- Sports safety equipment
- Canned foods (the protective liners)
- Dental sealants
While the research for the BPA concern is still developing, some studies have recorded that the chemical may pose a health threat to the human reproductive, digestive, respiratory and nervous systems.
What can you do?
- Take a closer look and avoid products that aren’t labeled “BPA-Free”
- Avoid polycarbonate plastic
- Use alternatives like stainless steel, cardboard cartons or glass containers
- Replace your plastic coffee maker with a glass french press or ceramic drip
- Refrain from buying canned goods, jarred food, and/or frozen meals that don’t say “BPA-Free”
- Be aware – check labels and do some research to stay in control of what you are putting into your and your family’s bodies.
- If you do use BPA plastic:
- Avoid microwaving
- Let food/liquids cool before putting them into the plastic container
Bonus: If you steer clear of BPA products, it could help strengthen your commitment to living a pure and healthy life by staying away from processed foods.