BPA or Bisphenol A is found in many plastic products labeled #7 on the bottom of the bottle or plastic container. I was also suprised to find that BPA is used for lining metal food and beverage containers. By now most moms have read about toxic baby bottles. Many of us have switched to BPA free baby bottles such as Born Free (sold at Whole Foods) or a klean canteen stainless steel sippy cups. http://www.kleankanteen.com/
Now we may have to worry about high BPA levels causing heart disease. This week The Journal of the American Medical Association published a report involving 1,455 men and woman. The researchers looked at urine levels of BPA. Subjects with the higest concentration of the chemical were three times more likely to have cardiovascular disease and 2.4 times more likely to have diabetes.
Higher urinary concentration of BPA was associated with an increased prevalence of “cardiovascular disease,diabetes,and liver enzyme abnormalities” wrote the researchers led by David Melzer of Peninsua Mediacla school in Exeer, England. ” These findings add to the evidence suggesting adverse effects of low dose BPA in animals.”
For more information see the Washington Post article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/16/AR2008091601037.html?sub=AR.
Remember: NEVER microwave plastic. If you can, remove the food from the container and put in a class containers. We found nice glass food storage containers from Ikea and Crate & Barrel.
According to Dr Andrew Weil, safer plastics include
#1: polethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) often found in soft drink and water bottles
#2: high-density polyethylene (HDPE) often found in milk and water bottles
#5: polypropylene (PP) often found in yogurt containers and syrup bottles