When it comes to raising children and choosing which foods to feed them, cups they will drink out of and bottles you will use, the choices are overwhelming. There are hundreds of brands, styles, colors, variations of flavors for the food and texture. Add the recent BPA (Bisphenol A) scare and any parent could go crazy. This chemical is in all number 7 plastics and some lining of tin cans. This means your child's baby bottles, teethers, sippy cups, pacifiers, canned peas, infant formula and the water bottles we drink from...could be contaminated.
What's wrong with this, you might wonder? This BPA chemical leaks from the plastic or the tin linings and into our food and bodies. It's been linked to genetic disorders, behavior problems, infertility, and much, much more. All because it's cheap and the FDA has deemed it safe within certain limits. Our health cannot be taken for granted and there are things you can do to avoided this chemical.
Avoid metal canned pasta and soups; they've been shown to have the highest levels of BPA residues.
Avoid any plastic that is not a #1,#2 or #4. Many baby foods packaged in plastic containers are labeled #7 and should be avoided, despite conflicting reports and information. Make your own baby food or purchase baby food in glass jars or from companies that store their baby food in safe plastics.
Do not heat plastic in the microwave and, if possible, avoid using the dishwasher for plastic items due to the high heat.
Opt for glass or stainless steel over plastic. When using plastic wrap, do not let the wrap touch your food during heating, or be safe and remove it before using the microwave.
Purchase BPA-free products such as bottles or pacifiers. A great resource would be The Soft Landing. They provide BPA free products and sampler packs.
Err on the side of caution. The EPA and FDA have determined safe limitations of BPA, while Canada banned the chemical. The chemical has a 117 year history and this means a lot of exposure, unanswered questions and unknowns.
When in doubt, choose a safer option. Why take the risk of having this chemical leak into your child's drink or food if there are alternatives? For more information and research, check out any of these sources:
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