A new study reveals that BPA free plastic is not necessarily free from toxins. In fact what manufacturers ‘forget’ to tell us is that BPA has been replaced by another similar toxin called BPS, which is just as harmful as its predecessor and can disrupt the functioning of cells and hormones thereby promoting disorders such as diabetes and cancer.
It goes to show it is better to avoid plastics as much as possible. This includes plastic drinking bottles, cling film, plastic containers and foods kept in plastic like yoghurt pots or tinned foods which are also lined with BPA. Tetra packs are BPA free however are lined with aluminium which comes with its own problems. Lastly, heating up foods in plastic will leach the toxins to a greater extent so avoid pouring hot food in plastic containers (or in microwave ovens if you use them) or leaving plastic bottles in the sun.
Replace your child’s plastic drinking bottle and lunch boxes with stainless steel and use glass containers for your dinner left overs and make sure the cling film is not touching your food (the same is true for aluminum foil, even though for different reasons). Use glass jars to store your dry food items and buy foods stored in glass jars whenever possible such as tuna and tomato sauce. Go for the dried beans instead of the tinned ones whenever possible and remove fruit and vegetables from the plastic packaging when you get home or try and shop at farmers markets or other places that don’t use plastic packaging at all. Not only will it be better for the health of your family but also for the planet.
It is hard to avoid all plastic, but cutting out as much as possible will limit the amount of toxins you and your child will be exposed to.
Here are some links to help you find a healthy option for your child’s lunch box and drinking bottle made with stainless steel.