Reduce your intake of chemicals with these easy-to-follow tips.
Leading Integrative Medical Doctor, Lily Tomas says BPA, a synthetic chemical, can be harmful when consumed in large quantities.
“BPA is everywhere in our modern lives and we should take precautions to reduce our exposure,” Dr Tomas said. “BPA is commonly found in higher concentrations in children and women and it could be decades before we know the true effects of this chemical.”
If you’re worried about it, chat to your doctor. Plus, here are some ways you can avoid the risk.
SPRING CLEAN CHECKLIST
1. Baby First
One of the most common uses of BPA is making baby bottles. The inside of baby food lids often contain BPA too. Brother Max products are BPA-free, PVC-free and phthalate-free making them one of the safest options in Australia - www.brothermax.com.au
2. Can The Can!
Some canned goods are lined in epoxy resins that contain BPA. The chemical can easily leach into food. Opt for glass where possible. Avoid cans of acidic foods (like tomatoes) and canned soups that have been shown to have higher levels of BPA contamination, otherwise wash the contents of cans to reduce possible BPA exposure. Do not consume soft drinks in cans.
3. BPA Booze Bus!
Check your wine rack. Alcoholic beverages are sometimes fermented in BPA lined vats. Opt for manufacturers who use BPA-free containers. There is no easy way of knowing so always ask the vineyard. Many winemakers are now using stainless steel but look for vineyards which proudly promote chemical free or organic wines. Try www.redwhiteandgreen.com.au/australian.htm for a list of biodynamic vineyards in Australia.
4. Bin Code 7 Bottles
Avoid plastics with recycling code 7 as they may contain contain BPA. Number 7 is the general code for “other plastics” and may therefore include many sorts of plastics. When followed by the letter PC, it clearly indicates Polycarbonate plastics, which contains BPA and should therefore be avoided.
5. Beat the Heat
Avoid heating all plastics, irrespective of their recycling numbers. If you need to store heated food or liquid in plastic containers, wait until the food has cooled down before transferring it. Brother Max’s BPA-free food containers are safe to go from the freezer to the microwave and are designed for food to easily pop out of the containers.
6. Fresh is Best
Substitute canned vegetables for fresh vegetable. Best of all, you will also cut down on your salt intake.