As a material that is impossible to avoid, over the last decade there has been a lot of research into the chemicals used to produce different forms of plastic. Regardless of where you live in the world, it’s likely that you and your family come into contact with many plastic products every single day. The problem is, that this plastic exposure includes products that are coming into contact with the food and beverages that we consume, and the research has shown that the majority of plastics can leak these harmful chemicals into our food.
What is BpA?
BpA, or Bisphenol A, is an widely used industrial chemical that has been used to produce many different types of rigid and flexible plastic products, as well as in linings of formula and food cans, and dental sealants since the 1960’s.
Where would I find BpA in my home?
BpA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics in your home are mostly used in food and beverage containers, such as your baby’s food pots, feeding bottles and sippy cups among many other things. As for epoxy resins, they are used for the lining on the inside of metal products such as baby formula cans and bottle tops.
What is the problem with BpA?
Firstly, the BpA chemical is a synthetic estrogen used to produce many different types of rigid and flexible plastic products, as well as in linings of formula and food cans, and dental sealants. BpA acts as a hormone disruptor, thanks to its estrogen-like activity, and can affect how many different hormones act in our bodies. Secondly, research into the effects of BpA strongly support the concerns that exposure to the chemical can have negative effects on the brain development, behavior and prostate glands of fetuses, infants and young children.
What is classed as exposure?
Thanks to the scientific research, we know that more than 90% of us are carrying BpA in our bodies right now because of exposure to plastic products. The research determined that the chemicals can leak into foods and beverages that are in contact with the plastic made with BpA, and therefore we absorb it when we consume the foods.
What should I do to protect my family from these chemicals?
Although standardised toxicity testing has shown BpA to be moderately safe at the low levels of exposure that we are currently experience, it’s a scary thought when we imagine our little ones consuming these chemicals, especially from products form companies we trust. So it is widely recommended to lower your family’s BpA exposure, especially that of your little ones due to the potentially damaging effects it has on their fragile bodies, by following the below steps;
- Hunt out the BpA-free products- many of the main manufacturers and retailers, such as Tutti Bimbi, offer products that are free from BpA and other harmful chemicals that can leak into your baby’s foods. If you’re coming up to weaning, you can buy our Weaning Freezer & Storage Tray that is made with a clever BpA and Phthalates free silicone- get it here!
- Check the labels- if you’re buying a product that doesn’t exclusively advertise that it is BpA free, make sure you check the label and make yourself familiar with the chemicals they have produced it with.
- Or check the plastic- if the label doesn’t help you, look a little closer at the plastic. If it has a recycle code 3 or 7 number branded on it, then it’s likely to have BpA in it.
- Reduce the amount of canned foods and canned formula you, your family, and especially your baby uses. Better yet, avoid tinned and canned foods altogether where possible and switch to yummy and nutritious home made food! Check out our recipes for weaning!
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