Most of those little paper cash register receipts are covered in a chemical called BPA (Bisphenol A). This chemical is also commonly used in everything from plastic food containers to canned food and drinks, and even paper receipts. This is despite evidence that it is a toxin to your health. Not only does it affect your health, but it also can pose a risk to fertility.
Constant use of Plastics can be Harmful
When you wash out plastic containers and baggies to reuse, that is when the plastic starts to break down and gets into your food. So, if you must use baggies, throw them out after using. Do not wash them and use them again. I had been doing this for years before I recently read the scientific studies involving the risks of exposure to BPA. You can buy wax paper baggies instead of plastic. I also recently got rid of all my plastic food containers and replaced them with glass. Yes, the lids are BPA free plastic, but I never fill the containers to the top so the food does not touch the lid. I love to make large batches of soups and bone broth and then freeze them. I used to freeze them in freezer baggies but have now switched to glass mason jars. Just remember not to fill the liquid to the top and keep the lid loose until it freezes to avoid breaking the glass jar when the liquid expands. Not a pretty site.
So what’s so wrong with BPA?
Well, it’s a hormone disruptor. It’s been shown to cause egg abnormalities in mice. Even small doses during the final stages of egg development is enough to cause chromosomal abnormalities in eggs. It also has been shown to have wide range effects on diabetes, obesity, heart disease and brain health. BPA makes its way into your bloodstream and can be found in over 95% of the US population. BPA affects your hormonal system. It interferes with the activity of estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid hormones. The crazy thing is, it mimics estrogen so even tiny does can wreak havoc.
Why do companies still make products containing BPA?
Good question. It has been banned in baby bottles yet the FDA maintains it is still safe to use in other products. I guess it’s similar to the ADA supporting mercury fillings as safe. But you have a choice when you shop. Look for cans labeled BPA free. Don’t reuse plastic baggies. Store food in glass containers.
I know this can seem overwhelming, but just start with changing one thing per week. It’s the small changes that add up to big lifestyle changes.
Have a great week.
PS. Much of this info came from my new favorite book, “It Starts With The Egg.”