If you take two seconds to google “BPA products” it quickly becomes apparent that BPA is used in a wide plethora of products that we use and ingest every day. Until larger steps are taken to remove BPA from production, it’s unlikely that we will be able to rid ourselves of BPA exposure completely. However, here are 5 easy steps that you can take TODAY, which will help to limit your contact with BPA.
1) Switch out your disposable plastic water bottle for either a refillable stainless steel bottle (best choice) or BPA-free plastic bottle. Not only will this help to reduce BPA contact, but also is eco-friendly and reduces the amount of plastics you use per week. I recommend the 500ml Camelbak, which is made of BPA-free Tritan Copolyester material, has a leakproof lid and fits perfectly in your work or gym bag.
Of course it’s easy to say, prepare you lunch at home using fresh produce and bring it to work…but if that just doesn’t work for your schedule than follow these next 2 steps:
2. Bring an extra plate, bowl and set of cutlery to use at work and ditch using the plastic versions. Just think about how many disposable forks, knives and spoons you go through in a week…and how much BPA you may be coming into contact when you use them to eat your daily meal.
3. Likewise, if you are re-heating leftovers, be sure you are using a microwaveable-safe glass or BPA-free plastic container. Be warned though, independent studies revealed that certain tupperware labeled BPA-free still contain harmful chemicals that can act in a similar manner to BPA. Always warm your food in glass if possible, since heating plastic can allow the BPA and other chemicals to leach out into your food.
4. I think the most unexpected source of BPA is the register receipts. Since BPA is able to be absorbed by skin, we need to be aware of how many receipts we are caring around daily. To limit this route of contamination, either say no thanks to a receipt for less important transactions, opt for the recipe to be emailed (if possible) or if you need the physical receipt than quickly wash your hands after handling.
5. Make sure that your non-stick frying pans are listed as BPA-free or switch to ceramic or stainless steel! It’s scary to think about how many times we use these pans at higher temps than recommended…and the negative affects this could be having on our health.