Plastic is all around us, nevertheless, here are some helpful tips you can use to avoid BPA and PFCs.
How to reduce your exposure to BPA
Over the past 70 years, much of the plastic and canned packaging used in food and beverage storage has contained harmful BPA or bisphenol A.
BPA has been notably linked with causing disruption to the bodies endocrine system. The endocrine system, is made up of hormone producing organs that help to regulate your energy levels, growth, emotions and ability to reproduce. Most importantly, a 2007 study by the CDC showed that 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies. In 2012 the FDA banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.
Here are some tips you can use to reduce BPA exposure.
- Food storage alternatives; glass, stainless steel and lead free ceramics.
- Up-cycle used glass food jars from pasta sauce or condiments or use the classic Mason Jar.
- Store fresh, loose produce in cloth sacks.
- Heat food in microwave ovens, using glass.
- Buy reusable water bottles or containers labeled BPA-free.
- Look for canned foods with BPA-free linings.
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How to avoid Perfluorochemicals (PFCs and PFOA)
Only more recently, have PFCs and PFOA gained more attention. In the 1990’s a flood of disturbing scientific findings began to highlight PFCs as the most notorious and global chemical contaminant ever produced, increasing concern amongst governments and scientists. Further, the most pervasive and toxic members of the PFC family never degrade in the environment.
PCFs can be found in non-stick pans and bakeware, furniture, cosmetics, household cleaners, clothing, and packaged food containers, like microwave popcorn. Hence, the most recognized brands are Teflon, Stainmaster, Scotchgard and Gore-Tex.
Here are some tips to avoid PCFs and to read more about PFCs visit https://www.ewg.org/research/pfcs-global-contaminants
- Cook popcorn the old fashioned way, stove top or air popper.
- Buy safe PFOA free cook and bakeware
- stainless steel
- cast iron
- enameled cookware
- lead-free ceramics
- Research furniture, cosmetic and outdoor clothing for PFC-free products
In conclusion, its impossible to avoid all BPA and PFCs, but you can reduce your exposure.