Bisphenol A (BIS fee nall) or BPA, is a phthalate (THAL ate) chemical compound found in plastics. These chemicals can leach from plastic and migrate into our food and beverages from plastic food containers.
Phthalates and BPA are found in polycarbonate plastic, epoxy resins, canned food linings, cash register receipts, dental sealants and cosmetics. These compounds leach into our food from bottles and food containers and into our skin from cosmetics and ultimately into our blood stream where they wreak havoc on our health.
Studies have linked BPA to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, impaired immune function, chemical sensitivity syndromes, obesity, diabetes, early onset of puberty, hyperactivity, and other disorders.
It is especially important that mother’s protect their children during development as prenatal exposure can cause behavioral problems later in life.
How to avoid BPA and Phthalates
- Choose whole foods from bulk bins
- Ask your butcher to wrap your meat in wax lined paper rather than plastic
- Drink purified tap water rather than bottled water
- Do not microwave food/beverages in plastic
- Do not place plastics in the dishwasher
- Do not microwave or heat plastic wrap
- Do not put warm or hot liquids in plastics
- Use safe alternatives such as glass
- Avoid canned foods when possible (BPA is used in can linings)
- Say no to drinking straws for yourself and for children
- Use BPA-free baby bottles
- Prenatal exposure and BPA and children’s behavior