BPA has been linked to cancer growth, reproductive health issues, and heart disease.
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a type of chemical found in plastic products. It became a buzzword for health and safety concerns when a report in 2010 from the FDA linked BPA to child and infant toxicity.
1. Identify the type of plastic you’re using. Every plastic container carries with it a number for recycling purposes. If the number is 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6, then it is unlikely that there is BPA in the container. If the number is 3 or 7, then the plastic probably contains BPA. If you are unsure of the number, best to be safe and take precautions listed below.
2. BPA is heat sensitive, which means it can leach out once the plastic is heated. So the next time you heat something in the microwave, use a ceramic or glass container, and make sure not to use the plastic lid as a cover. Also, avoid putting plastics in dishwashers; the high temperature of the water and harsh detergents can cause BPA contamination.
3. BPA is found in many food products. BPA is not always obvious in the products you use. A lot of containers have plastic linings that contain BPA. Avoid canned foods because they carry the plastic lining. Drink cartons (such as juice boxes) will contain BPA. Also, some metal water bottles will contain a plastic lining. Instead, look for stainless steel water bottles that don’t have the lining. Best thing to do is to buy products that are in glass containers or specifically label themselves as free of BPA.
4. BPA is in many other everyday products. It is found in carbonless copy paper, such as the receipt you get at the store. It is used in household electronics, in sports equipment, medical devices, dental fillings, the list goes on and on. The main thing to remember, in terms of your health, is how it enters your body. As long as BPA is not in your food or drink, nor constant contact with skin, then you will not be in danger of BPA toxicity.