Bisphenol A

February 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm 2 comments

I made a great discovery today!  Pre-cooked beans in boxes instead of cans!  Why am I so excited about this?  This type of packaging is BPA-free!

Fig Food Company makes organic plant-based soups with fresh ingredients . . .  AND packages their product in BPA-free containers!  Yea!

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic estrogen which is used for hardening plastics and resins.  It is found in plastic containers, water bottles, linings of cans and, until recently, in baby bottles and baby cups as well as in the lining of liquid infant formula.

BPA can leach out of these plastics and into your body.  The Department of Health and Human Services says that it has “some concerns” about the possible health effects of trace amounts of this synthetic on the brain, on behavior and on the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.  BPA may also trigger other disorders such as chromosomal and reproductive abnormalities, cancer, impaired brain and neurological functions, Type 2 Diabetes, early puberty, obesity and resistance to chemotherapy.

There are many ways to reduce your contact with BPA.

*Do not microwave plastics containing BPA.

*Do not put plastic water bottles containing BPA in the dishwasher or use harsh detergents for cleaning them.  The plastics break down over time and leach BPA due to exposure to heat and harsh detergents.

*Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids.

*Reduce your use of canned foods.

Nalgene, Camelbak and Playtex offer non-BPA bottles.

Avant, Disney First Years, Gerber, Dr. Brown, Playtex and Evenflow no longer use BPA-based plastic in baby bottles for the U.S. market.

BPA can also be found on paper cash register receipts.

So . . . now you know why I am excited to find pre-cooked beans that are not in a can!  You can also purchase tomatoes by Pomi Tomatoes in BPA-free packaging!

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  • 1. Russ Cohen  |  September 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    fyi just in case you don’t already know about this:

    Source: Chemical & Engineering News, September 1, 2014
    Author: Craig Bettenhausen

    A new cash-register-receipt paper from specialty papermaker Appvion (see http://www.appvion.com/en-us/products/thermal/Pages/pos_alpha_free.aspx) uses vitamin C instead of bisphenol A as the enabling chemical for thermal printing. BPA was dropped from many food storage and packaging products over concerns it might disrupt hormone signals, but BPA and related compounds are still commonly used to print receipts.

    If they haven’t already, all retailers, especially those that consider themselves “green” (like Whole Foods and Trader Joes), should be going BPA-free, with the Appvion or other alternative.

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