Thursday, July 8, 2010

Time for a Plastics Intervention

We have all heard by now the dangers of bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastics.  Essentially, BPA is a chemical which mimics estrogen potentially causing hormone disruption.  This is especially damaging in young children during development. New York and California are both close to passing a law banning BPA in food and drink containers for young children. Vermont, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, and the city of Chicago are also on board.  A huge win for our children.

I'll admit, it isn't easy keeping track of all the do's and dont's regarding health and food safety these days.  I need to be reminded of the rules every once in awhile.  If you do too, here are a few basic tips to keep products with BPA at bay.  

Plastics - Stick to those numbered 1, 2, 4 & 5.  Toss any marked 3 & 6.  Also throw out any marked 7 - unless they specifically state "Bpa-free".   A great alternative is to buy reusable water bottles.  Lifefactory is just one brand that has a great selection to choose from.  Their glass bottles come with fashion color silicone sleeves which not only look neat, but allow a better grip on the bottle.  Lifefactory makes baby bottles too!

Don't microwave food in plastic containers.  Also, avoid serving heated food in plastic containers.  The hormones can leach into plastic that is hot and wet. Glass is a great alternative. 

When reusing plastic, wash by hand rather than using the dishwasher.  Heat from the dishwasher can cause chemicals to seep out.  

Hope these little tips help keep your family safe and free of BPA products.

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