Concerned About BPA?
Approximately 90% of U.S. adults have BPA present in their urine. BPA (the abbreviation for Bisphenol A) is a chemical used since the 1960s in many hard plastic bottles and to line food and beverage containers. In recent years, studies have found BPA to be associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences – National Institutes of Health, there are certain precautions that can be taken to protect adults, children and infants from potential hazards of BPA:
- Don’t microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from overuse at high temperatures.
- Polycarbonate containers that contain BPA usually have a #7 on the bottom.
- Reduce your use of canned foods.
- When possible, opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
- Use baby bottles that are BPA free.