Is BPA Contaminating Your Kitchen?
Some Things You Should Know About BPA and Your Health
There's a controversial chemical in many kitchens and you could be feeding it to your children without even knowing. Have any baby bottles? How about food storage containers? A water pitcher? All of these things can have BPA in them, and some consumers are worried that BPA could be getting into our bodies and doing harm. Here's what you need to know...
What is BPA?
BPA, also known as bisphenol-a, is a chemical used in the creation of certain plastics. Recent studies indicate that this chemical leaks into the foods and liquids stored in the containers made with it. The question is, how much damage is this chemical doing?
Is BPA Really Dangerous?
We can't say for sure just how dangerous BPA is. In studies where BPA was given to rats, the rats showed signs of developing cancer. Studies in female mice indicate that BPA might accelerate the onset of puberty. What we can say for sure is that BPA is definitely getting into our bodies. When 2,500 urine samples were collected from men, women and children over the age of six, 93 percent of them had detectable amounts of BPA in them.
What Should You Do?
First of all, don't listen to any of the Chicken Littles out there. The sky, my friends, is not falling. You don't have to swear off all plastic products or run like mad from any foods stored in them. Just try to limit your exposure to BPA by using fresh or frozen fruits or vegetables instead of canned (better for you anyway) and try not to microwave your foods in plastic. You can also help reduce exposure by using glass or porcelain containers for hot foods instead of plastic.