I used to use a LOT of plastic food containers. Every day I packed my lunch for work in plastic food storage containers, and whenever my food needed heated at lunchtime I popped the food, plastic container and all, into the microwave to reheat.
When I was pregnant with my first child I drank gallons of water from my polycarbonate water bottle.
Once my son was born and ready to learn how to drink out of a cup, I never gave a second thought about giving him plastic sippy cups. For several years he used them for any drink – water, milk, or warm cocoa.
And then I heard about a funny sounding chemical called bisphenol A. Research was just coming out about how awful it was – and that it was part of so many products. Suddenly parents could choose BPA-free baby bottles and sippy cups.
I freaked out, especially because I was pregnant with our second child at the time and didn’t want to expose another baby to BPA in the womb. I threw away all of our plastic food containers and cups – except for BPA-free children’s dinnerware.
More than BPA …
I always had a sinking suspicion, though. If we used plastic that was filled with BPA for years, how could consumers know that suddenly all plastic was safe? Couldn’t other toxins be present?
In 2011, researchers released a study that most plastics do release estrogenic chemicals.
Other studies point to the belief that many manufacturers have changed from using Bisphenol A to Bisphenol S – another estrogen-mimicking compound. In other words, products advertised as being BPA-free still pose very real health threats to humans – particularly infants and young children who develop rapidly.
Very simply, plastic is not good for your health.
What to do?
So what’s the solution? The simplest and most obvious one is a plastic-free life. But how is that possible for families today? I’ll share my families stories – and solutions – on Thursday.
How much plastic do you use in your kitchen?
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