Choosing BPA (bisphenol A) free food packaging significantly lessons the amount in your body. BPA produces a synthetic estrogen that is linked to breast cancer, early puberty, reproductive problems, obesity, ADHA, and harms the immune system. This sounds scary.
The March 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives quotes a study performed by the Breast Cancer Fund. Five families were given fresh organic food for 3 days. No canned or packaged food. At the end of the study, the family reduced their BPA levels by an average of 60%.
It seems that we cna revise some BPA effects with diligence, but it's difficult to do. We all should ask the food manufacturers to leave out BPA in canned and plastic containers.
In a short period of time, you can affect your health and well being by:*Cook fresh at home
*No canned food
*Cook using glass or stainless steel
*Don't microwave in plastic
The Breast Cancer Fund has a list of the 10 canned foods to avoid, which includes milk, soup, meat, veggtables, fruit, juice, fish! What's left?
They tested 300 products and found that foods that are acidic, salty or fatty easily leech BPA from can liners into the food.
Shop in the fresh food aisles in your neighborhood grocery, health food stores for organic, and farmers' markets.
Look at everything you use. Did you recognize that your toothbrush is made of plastic? It may be impossible to live a totally plastic free life because plastic is everywhere. It would be a full time job just to "see" the plastic and then another job to find BPA free packaging replacements Do the best you can to lower your carbon footprint.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating bisphenol A (BPA). That means the FDA is in charge of deciding how BPA can be used, who can use it, and how much BPA you and I can touch or swallow without risking our health.
Are these the same people who decide how many rodent hairs are allowed?
Although the FDA is the official regulating agency for BPA, many other government entities have taken an interest in BPA because of the potential public health risks. The National Institutes of Health, the National Toxicology Program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have all conducted studies on BPA and continue to keep a close eye on both the growing body of medical research and the increasing political controversy surrounding the chemical.
These are the people who will help in changing over to BPA free packaging.
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