BPA is also considered an endocrine disruptor, which means it could affect our health in many different ways. Recently it's been implicated in making us fat! See Newsweek.
So what can you do to avoid BPA given its ubiquitous nature?
- Know what PBA products look like-- usually hard and clear.
- Avoid No.7 plastic containers.
- Give up plastic containers entirely and use glass covered bowls or Chinese take-out food containers.
- Use aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap (you can often clean and re-use aluminum foil).
- Avoid canned foods, especially canned soup and pasta. Rinsing canned vegetables and fruit may help.
- Give up plastic water bottles and use stainless steel containers instead (some metal containers are lined with PBA).
- Use powdered baby formula instead of canned.
- Be careful microwaving in plastic! Pyrex containers are PBA-free; know what you're getting.
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