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what is BPA

Avoiding Chemicals for a Healthier Lifestyle

You are most likely high on alert when it comes to your family’s health. So perhaps you’ve heard of BPA or have probably seen it on many plastic containers, usually written as “BPA free.” If you don’t know what it is, you might automatically wonder whether or not it’s a good or bad thing.

what is BPA

Companies use BPA to cut costs on packaging and materials. The following are more detailed information on what it is and why you might want to start looking out for it, especially for your family’s health safety.

What is BPA?

BPA (bisphenol-a) is a synthetic chemical known to mimic the hormone estrogen often used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins[1].

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Why Should We Avoid Exposure to BPA?

Many products we use nowadays are made with BPA, which readily breaks down and exposes us to the chemical. Additionally, when a product containing BPA is heated or washed with strong detergents, it breaks down at a much faster rate, increasing our exposure to the chemical even more[2]. Although the doses of BPA exposure may be small when looked at on an individual basis, studies have shown that repeated exposure over time may cause a variety of health concerns including, but not limited to[3]:

  • Miscarriages
  • Infertility
  • Abnormal chromosomes
  • Abnormalities in fat metabolism
  • Development of insulin resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Early onset of puberty
  • Heart disease

How Can We Try to Avoid BPA Exposure?

Unfortunately, companies are not required (except in certain areas) by law to indicate whether or not their products are made with BPA. As a result, it may be difficult to avoid all forms of BPA, yet there are several easy steps you can take to help you avoid exposure[4].

  • Avoid microwaving any food or drink in plastic containers and switch to glass containers.
  • Use reusable stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic.
  • If you have a plastic water bottle, try not to exposure it to heat.
  • For food storage, use glass or stainless steel containers instead of plastic containers.
  • Avoid buying canned foods, as many liners in canned goods contain BPA. Instead, buy fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t accept cash register receipts.
  • Try to avoid plastics marked with the recycling symbol #7.

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Hannah Helsabeck

Hannah Helsabeck

Hannah Helsabeck is the President of the Wild Mint Shop where she and her mom helps others live a healthier lifestyle by spreading ­the word a­bout choos­ing produc­ts free fr­om harmful­ chemicals­.


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  • I try to avoid any plastics with BPA in them but honestly I do not often trust labeling that say BPA free. Thank you for all the information. I feel I can go forward with far more knowledge now!

  • What an informative post. I honestly did not realzie how harmful BPA could be to your body. As someone who is focusing on health this year, I need to heed these warnings.

  • These are really great tips! The microwave has always freaked me out so I try to warm up my food on the stove top when possible. I’ve also stopped buying plastic bottles and use reusable ones now.

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  • Terrific info! We use glass water bottles with silicone sleeves here for this very reason. I love them and my girls do too, they pick their color for the day and keep them with them all the time. We all drink more water this way too!

  • I knew BPA was not good for us, but I had no idea it was linked to so many things! Glad I am in the process of removing it all from our home! Thanks for such an informative post!

  • I now want to change my water bottle to a stainless steel one! Thankfully my son already have one. It is amazing that many companies still use plastic even though they know of the health risks.

  • Great article! So many things are labeled BPA-Free that I think most people know BPA is a bad thing but don’t really know why. This is such an informative and well written explanation. Thanks!

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Hannah Helsabeck

Hannah Helsabeck

Hannah Helsabeck is the President of the Wild Mint Shop where she and her mom helps others live a healthier lifestyle by spreading ­the word a­bout choos­ing produc­ts free fr­om harmful­ chemicals­.