BPA is not okay
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used petrochemical for household items like plastic containers, children’s toys, and tableware. The chemical can leach into food and drinks forcing some US states to issue restrictions. BPA can cause damage to the endocrine system, even in small doses.
The chemical can especially impact fertility in men and women. Studies have found that women with high levels of BPA are more vulnerable to miscarriages. Additionally, women may have low egg production and trouble getting pregnant. Men can suffer from low sperm count. Even worse, fetal exposure is linked to mood disorders, increased cancer risk, and more. The chemical’s impact on the body is unsafe for everyone. Luckily, avoiding these 6 everyday things that contain BPA can keep hopeful mothers out of harm’s way.
1. Canned foods
Canned foods have an epoxy coating that can leach into food and liquids. Instead of buying canned food items, consumers may want to choose paper and glass containers as well as fresh or frozen food. Some cans are clearly labeled as BPA-free.
2. Reusable water and baby bottles
Polycarbonate reusable water bottles or plastics contain BPA. Instead of relying on these products, individuals can opt for tap water or BPA-free stainless steel water bottles.
3. Coffee pots
Many coffee pots still contain this chemical. Heating BPA products can increase exposure. Consumers can choose a glass coffee pot or a French press.
4. Soda or beer cans
Most soda and beer cans contain an alarming amount of BPA. Studies have found that drinking from a can may increase BPA levels in the body in a short amount of time.
5. Food containers
Some plastic food containers have BPA that leaches into food, especially when heating in the microwave. Instead, individuals should rely on cooking fresh food or storing their food in BPA-free containers and lids.
6. Cash register receipts
Most receipts contain BPA, although some claim to have BPA-free thermal paper. Manufacturers replaced the chemical with BPS, which may be just as harmful. Avoiding these receipts entirely may be impossible, but consumers should be more vigilant to avoid touching receipts excessively.
Avoiding BPA doesn’t have to be difficult. Most everyday things that contain the chemical are canned foods and packaged products. A little extra work in making freshly cooked meals or monitoring certain habits can give individuals peace of mind. Choosing BPA-free products can also go a long way in staying healthy for the baby and avoiding a miscarriage.