Monday, October 24, 2011

How to Limit BPA exposure

BPA (bisphenol-A) is a precursor used in making of certain plastics and is increasingly being thought of as a serious (endocrine/hormonal) disruptor during early child development. So, how do you "avoid or limit BPA exposure" especially in food preparation and ingestion:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other experts have several suggestions for limiting BPA exposure including:
  • - Avoid using plastic containers with recycle codes 3 and 7 because the may be made with BPA.
  • - Reduce your consumption of canned foods; choose fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead.
  • - Use glass containers to heat foods in the microwave, instead of polycarbonate plastic food containers because high temperatures may break down the chemical and increase the chances of BPA entering your food.
Also to avoid exposure to BPA via skin, especially when you may be pregnant, you should avoid handling most cashier receipts as much as possible (source: studies reported in C&EN articles).

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