The Surprising Places BPA is Lurking

Here is another chapter in the book of “being an educated consumer”.  BPA as you know is a harmful chemical that was widely used in most plastic goods until studies surfaced in roughly 2008.  After the reports were published of BPA’s estrogenic effects, major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target began pulling baby bottles and sippy cups off their shelves to replace them with the new BPA free varieties..

What does BPA do to us?

Bisphenol a is an endocrine disruptor – a substance which interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can imitate our body’s own hormones in a way that could be hazardous for health. Babies and young children are said to be especially sensitive to the effects of BPA.  Here is a list of potential side effects courtesy of medical news today.

That is a long list!  Now that we know specifically why this toxin should be avoided, lets look at the most common places it is still  widely used.

“To go” and pizza boxes – Not to be a drag, but I thought it’s important that we all know about this one.  BPA is used to create a sturdier box.  Unfortunately, when hot food goes inside, it can crank up exposure levels.  Look for (or ask about) boxes and cartons made from just cardboard.

Canned food – This is a big one, many tin cans are still lined with BPA.  Some manufacturers such as “Garden Of Eden” and some Trader Joe’s products have made the switch to BPA free cans.  If you have a canned good that is a staple in your home, like garbanzo beans are for us, best advice is to contact the brand you like and see if they have switched to BPA free cans.  Within my research I have noticed that most manufacturers have not made a 100% switch, making it difficult to provide a list of BPA free brands.  This is because if the food contained is acidic, such as canned tomatoes, there will most likely still be BPA.  Even worse is that the more acidic the food, the more BPA is able to leech into the product.  Canned tomatoes are a big no-no.. Always buy jarred tomato product if possible.

Soda Cans – Well, here’s another reason not to drink soda. Just like with canned food, soda cans are frequently lined with BPA to make the products more shelf-stable, and the cans more resilient.

Water bottles  – If your water bottle is marked with recycle code #7 – it most likely contains BPA.  Always use a water filter and glass water bottle when possible.

The news continues…

As time goes on, more products labeled “BPA free” surface on retailers shelves.  Plastics companies are doing their best to give us options free of this toxin.  The problem is that the BPA has to be replaced with something… Newer reports show that some of the readily available alternatives may not be a better option.  You can bet the large plastic companies are in no hurry for new studies be unveiled.  Do your best to avoid plastics for food storage all together.  And if its unavoidable, be sure to keep these containers away from heat sources such as microwaves, dishwashers and the suns UV rays.  Lean towards glass and silicone if possible, especially for the kiddos.


** Married mommy of two beautiful girls , residing in San Diego. Practice manager/Veterinary nurse working in the field for 11 years.

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3 Responses

  1. ConcernedChemist says:

    Yes, all of the above are true if you inject BPA into your blood.

    But the levels found in canned foods are so low…

    I personally can’t eat 6 pounds of canned green beans in a day..can you?


    • Cassiopia says:

      I can definitely appreciate your point. And no, I certainly cannot eat 6 lbs of green beans a day 🙂 My main concern is constant exposure, from many sources that happened to be found in our daily products.. especially for children and expecting mommas. My stance is geared toward regulating that exposure.. everything in moderation.

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