So what is all the fuzz about avoiding BPA?
BPA is short for Bisphenol A. This chemical can negatively affect infant brains and children and could be key to the increasing rate of obesity in the United States. BPA can also increase the sensitivity of the addiction receptors in the brain and it affects the thyroid functions. The American Health Association published a study back in 2008 which concluded that people with higher levels of BPA in their urine were at higher risk of heart decease and diabetes.
Manufacturers add this chemical to plastic packages to improve flexibility and avoid shattering.
BPA is mostly found on water bottles being that they are mostly made out of plastic. Even recycled plastic is added this chemical so always make sure to know what you are buying.
Here are some helpful tips to avoid BPA:
- When buying a bottle of water, look at the recycling number. This number is usually located at the bottom of the bottle. If the number is 7, put it down and run away! 7 means the plastic contains BPA. If the number is 1, 2, 4 or 5, it is safe. These numbers are not easy to spot so you might have to squint a bit to see but it is there.
- Another number to stay away from is 3. If the bottles has a number 3 at the bottom, do not buy. This number means the plastic contains Phthalates. This plastic, although it is less popular, is still very used for the same propose, to improve flexibility and avoid shattering. We'll talk more about this chemical later.
BPA can also be found in plastic food packaging so read labels carefully and make sure that if the packaging is plastic, its BPA-Free.
BPA is also widely used the lining of cans so if you tend to eat canned food, it is important you make sure it’s organic and BPA free.