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4 Common Products Containing BPA and Alternative Choices

Updated on January 31, 2013
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BPA in Household Products and Alternative Choices

The hormone disrupting chemical known as BPA (Bisphenol A) is still in many of the products we eat, drink and purchase regularly. The CDC estimates that 93% of Americans have this chemical in the blood. Perhaps if we knew where to find these items we would avoid them altogether. Below is a list of products you probably have on your shelf right now with BPA.

You may be surprised to find that only a few food manufacturers claim not to use BPA in their can linings. Which means one of the most commonly used items, still containing BPA, is canned food, sold by the hundred of thousands - probably more - everyday in the supermarket.

Shockingly, BPA was used to make plastic baby bottles and although parents have replaced those bottles with glass bottles, babies are still getting BPA because canned formula sold in metal cans have the BPA lining, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). BPA is leaching into all canned baby formulas. Babies are mores sensitive to the harmful effects of BPA because they cannot metabolize and excrete BPA as rapidly as adults. The EWG recommends breast feeding, powdered formula, or liquid formula not sold in metal cans.

But wait! What is the concern about BPA?

BPA is the chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic found in many food containers, can linings, baby formulas and more. BPA has hormone disrupting properties and may lead to a variety of our present day health problems. This includes obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, heart disease and erectile dysfunction. For children it is connected to attention deficit disorders and interferes with genital development. The FDA still allows BPA to be used in our products and has even deemed it safe. But you can reduce your use by knowing where BPA remains. Also see link below for products banned in the EU but still allowed in the US.

Products with BPA and Alternative Choices:

1 - CANNED FOODS - How often do we buy canned goods to keep on hand so we can whip up a meal. Unfortunately, those cans have plastic linings and those linings have BPA - so think about all those canned goods: tuna, beans, soup, tomato sauce etc. The alternative is to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Even boxed and frozen would be safer than canned. Certain manufacturers claim not to have BPA lined cans. One that keeps coming up in my research that I am familiar with is Eden Foods brand. If you want to keep foods on hand, super nutritious dried beans are an option that will last, taste better than the canned beans, and costs about 1/4 the price of canned. (I find they cook better if I keep in the refrigerator).

2 - CANNED SODAS AND BEER - These metal cans also have traces of BPA. For beer, you may want to rely only on bottled beer.

3 - ALUMINUM REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES - Stainless steel water bottles are a safer option. One brand called Kleen Kanteen is supposed to have BPA-free linings. (I have a great looking stainless steel flask that I use as an option. But when I work as a substitute teacher, unfortunately it wouldn't be wise to bring it to school and take a quick sip (or nip). But the water tastes so good.)

4 - POLYCARBONATE STORAGE CONTAINERS - Make sure your container does not have the number 7 which means it may contain BPA. Opt for glass storage containers. Those old familiar glass containers - Pyrex - have plastic lids which are free of BPA. Also opt for ceramic containers.

See the links below for more green living suggestions:

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      Mi,chele harris 5 years ago

      What will is say on the label ... And does all canned foods contain BPA ? ... And what r the main companies that uses bpa for example ... Lucks . Green giant ... And campbell s . .... I just now heard about this and had no clue .. How can this be safe when u use this stuff daily .. Tks

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      hameidinger 6 years ago

      Great information, Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      This is an important reminder!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Another great and informative hub ListLady. This just goes to show you that there are some very simple things you can do to take your health into your own hands. Rated it up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great information - amazing what we have to put up with being put into the food chain. That is one reason that I try so hard to cook from scratch and use as few refined products as possible but I know you can't escape all of the additives even then!

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      Good information here! I don't eat canned foods anymore, but I know plenty of people who do...I will be sure to pass it on. Thanks!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh, thanks for bringing this to our attention my dear, BPA, what, I ate lots of tuna hehe, Good information and well explained,

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      GreenThumbLady 7 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      These are serious side effects that BPA offers. Even if there is a risk of danger isn't it enough for it to be banned? This is just ridiculous. I try to buy everything fresh and trust no one...you never know what manufacturers put in their products. Very good information here!

      p.s. I am also laughing about your flask! I think I would have been amused to see a teacher drinking out of a flask! lol

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh my gosh ...this is so scary! Why are things not banned here? The people of power don't care about the dwellers of the country? Luckily I don't drink soda and I rarely ever buy a canned good....I'm with you, I prefer fresh food and I LOVE dried beans. I can't imagine my diet without them. So nice of you to not take your flask to school! lol Fabulous hub with such important information! RATed up!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Gotta check out a few things since I read this post! Canned drinks...I had not thought about that! rate up!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I gave up on canned beans a long time ago and you are right - the dried ones taste like 1,000 times better. I always keep them on hand.

      Great information here. It's sad that our food supply has been industrialized to the point of not only having little nutritional value - but to be so toxic as well.

      We can change it with our money. Let's stop buying this stuff. I read your hub about what is banned in the UK but not the US - just awful.

      Rated up and thanks!