Think About It Thursday: What is BPA really?

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BPA or Bisphenol A is a synthetic compound that is commonly found in the manufacturing of  plastics and epoxy resins used to coat the inside of metal food cans. The BPA in the plastic is what makes it clear and tough. Research started to show that BPA was seeping into our foods and beverages causing possible health effects on the brain and other organs of fetuses and infants.  That’s when the big movement of BPA free water bottles and food containers started to become popular.

If you’re concerned about BPA, you can take these steps to reduce your exposure:

  • Seek out BPA-free products. More and more BPA-free products have come to market. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. If a product isn’t labeled, keep in mind that some, but not all, plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.
  • Cut back on cans. Reduce your use of canned foods since most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin.
  • Avoid heat. Microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher may break down the plastic over time allowing the BPA to leach into foods.
  • Use alternatives. Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers.