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How To Avoid The BPA

Zhejiang JMJ Houseware Co.,Ltd | Updated: Dec 28, 2017

The BPA source that has gotten the most attention is also the easiest to avoid: plastic water bottles. Use a glass or stainless steel water bottle instead. Avoid metal bottles that are not 100 percent stainless steel; these are likely lined with bisphenol A-derived resins.

Plastic food storage containers should also be avoided, and pregnant women and children should never eat food that has been stored or heated in plastic. Glass, ceramic and stainless steel containers are all safe for food storage.

Infants should never be allowed to chew on hard plastic toys, and glass or stainless steel baby bottles are preferable to plastic.

Another notorious source of BPA is metal food and beverage cans, which are lined with resins made from the chemical. Buy fresh, dried or frozen foods, or buy foods in glass containers rather than cans (or plastic).

Unfortunately, cans (or plastic bottles) labeled "BPA free" aren't any safer, and may actually be worse. Most of these use closely related chemicals that carry many of the same risks, but are less well studied.

The last major source of BPA to avoid is receipts printed on thermal paper, whether from an ATM or store. Whenever possible, decline a receipt. If you need to touch a receipt, move it quickly to an isolated location (like a plastic bag), or make a copy and discard the original if you need the receipt for your records. Wash your hands as soon as possible after touching a receipt but do not use hand sanitizer, which increases BPA absorption.

You should also always wash your hands after touching cash. The widespread practice of storing receipts in wallets causes BPA to rub off onto cash stored in the same wallet.

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