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What is BPA and why is it bad for you?

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BPA stands for bisphenol A and is  is a chemical which has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.

BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics which are often used in containers to store food and drinks, such as water bottles. They may also be used in other consumer goods.

They are also used in epoxy resins which are used to coat the inside of metal products, like food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites can contain BPA.

Why is BPA bad for you?

Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or drinks from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure causes concern due to possible health effects  on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

How can I avoid BPA?

Simple. When you are buying food storage containers, always check that they are ‘BPA FREE’. It’s as easy as that. SO anything from a reusable coffee cup to your lunch box for kids or that you bring your lunch in, remember to ensure that it is BPA FREE.

 

Where can I buy a BPA-free water bottle?

I got to sample a Contigo water bottle and coffee cup and found them excellent. They don’t easily hang on to certain smells like vitamin drinks or coffee and they are really easy to clean! This is not an AD but you can buy them here.

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Where can I buy BPA-free lunch boxes or food containers?

I find Sistema super- great colours, great variety of sizes and they are very appealing to kids too. I found an article here that lists some really great options actually for Mum’s and Dad’s!

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So now you know to stay away from BPA by investing just a little extra in your water or food containers. Most reputable brands come with a warranty so you know you are on to a winner!

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