Keep watching out for BPA

The industrial chemical BPA (Bisphenol A) has been used for about 60 years and avoided for about 5 years. And although it is now less commonly used, researchers warn that it is still present in about a third of canned foods.

For years BPA has been used to make epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastic. This type of plastic is widely used in making various containers for food storage and in water bottles. It is light and provides solidity and transparency and also resistance to shatter. Meanwhile, the epoxy resin is used to line the inside of metal food containers, like cans, tops of the bottles and even lines of water supply, providing a great anti-bacterial and anti-corrosion protection.

The research based on hundreds of studies showed that BPA can seep into drinks and food from the various containers that are made with it. And while some exposure is safe for adults, it’s been claimed that the same exposure in infants and children can become a concern (it may affect brain development and hormone levels).

The FDA confirmed that the low doses of BPA are safe, but keeps on reviewing the chemical and supports the researches. Meanwhile, the amount of BPA in food containers has been reduced and quite a number of companies started using safe alternatives, offering “BPA-free” products.

Nevertheless, a recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed that about a third of all canned products contain BPA.

There are several steps you can take to avoid the exposure to BPA:

-      Opt for fresh foods instead of canned versions

-      Do not microwave or plastic containers, as heat destroys the plastic, causing more chemical leakage.

-      Do not wash the plastic containers or dishes in the dishwasher

-      Look for “No BPA” or “BPA-free” products, which are widely available these days.