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Just what is Bisphenol-A? Why do so many people want to avoid it? The FDA is finally changing their opinion on BPA, shouldn’t you know what BPA is?
What is BPA
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products.
BPA mimics estrogen and in studies has shown to prostate cancer, breast cancer, reproductive problems, metabolic disorders, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Most notably known for being used in baby bottles. However, it is in many other things as well; canned food, soda cans, plastic wrap, the lining or jar lids, baby formula, toys, and many other household plastics.
How to avoid BPA
Do not microwave anything that is plastic.
Do not freeze in anything that is plastic as even freezing can leach BPA.
Do not put hot food into plastic containers. If you must use plastic, wait until the food is cool.
Throw away any plastic that is scratched or broken as it can release BPA this way.
Do not drink out of a plastic bottle, use stainless steel or another.
Do not buy canned foods. There are a few BPA free canned foods, but BPA free canned foods might present concerns since their alternative to BPA might not be safe either.
If you must use formula (obviously breastfeeding is preferred) then use the powdered formula as it absorbs less BPA then the liquid formula.
Look for plastics labeled BPA-Free.