Six Surprising Sources of BPA

Bisephol-a (BPA) is a chemical used to make polycarbonate resin, which keeps plastic products from breaking or absorbing flavors or odors. Exposure to heat and chemical detergents can cause this chemical to leech into foods and beverages, which disrupt the body’s normal hormone functions.

BPA and water bottlesWhile most of us are aware that BPA is found in plastics, there are many other items that may contain this potentially harmful chemical:

1. Toys: Just like food and beverage containers, hard plastic toys may contain BPA. Because many toys end up in your baby’s mouth, be sure to look for ones made from BPA-free plastic.

2. Packaged food: Cans, bags and containers may contain a plastic lining made with a polycarbonate resin, meaning BPA may be leeching into your canned tomatoes. Look for items that come in BPA-free packaging, such as Eden Foods beans or these specially marked Vitacost brand healthy foods & snacks. Another way to avoid BPA is to use fresh vegetables and homemade sauces/soups.

3. Receipts: Cash register receipts were found to contain alarming levels of BPA, some with as much as 1,000 times the amount in canned food. And just touching the slick coating of a receipt is enough to transfer the chemical to your hands. If you can’t avoid touching receipts, make sure to wash your hands after handling them.

4. Soda: Because soda is typically found in aluminum cans, chances are there’s BPA in your fizzy drink. Just like food cans, soda cans contain a plastic lining that can leech into your beverage. Steer clear of soda cans, and soda in general!

5. Pizza boxes: If your large pepperoni pie came in a pizza box made from recycled materials, it may contain BPA. Thanks to BPA found in receipts, newspaper ink and various other sources, items made from recycled paper may be contaminated with this chemical.

6. Toilet paper: Other recycled paper products may contain BPA, including toilet paper!

There are alternatives, and using these products will free you from BPA exposure while fitting into your life. Keep water on hand in a BPA-free water bottle. Save money by packing your lunch in a this BPA-free lunch set (the ice packs keep it fresh). Even better, Vitacost.com carries BPA-free products for kids that lessen your child’s BPA exposure during early stages of growth and development.

About Katie

Katie is a Marketing Editor (and loyal customer) at Vitacost.com. In her spare time, she enjoys biking with her husband, playing with her pets and writing bios about herself.

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4 comments on «Six Surprising Sources of BPA»

  1. Viv says:

    What a useless article. How about telling us where we can find BPA-free products? What food (and pet food) companies are manufacturing in BPA-free cans? Which plastic bottles don’t contain BPA? I’ve been looking for the last couple years and I can’t find any info on this in the stores, health food stores, food co-ops, or online. I’d think if some company was selling products in BPA-free containers, there would be advertising, labeling, and signage indicating as much so we’d know these products were safer and healthier. But I have yet to see them anywhere.

  2. barbara says:

    Does Vitacost have a list of BPA-free items sold on their website?? Any of the canned goods?

  3. marla says:

    The ONLY brand of canned goods that is totally BPA free is EDEN. All other canned goods at this point are toxic. Sadly EDEN does not produce every kind of thing, but what they do offer is of excellent quality.

  4. Jaime says:

    Westbrae and Muir Glenn now have BPA free cans.

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