bpa is a very strong carcinogen and leaches

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    and because Australia is so so far behind world's best science and practice , AGAIN !!!! ( except for smoking , for some strange reason , an anomaly )it is ridiculous that adults live in this false sense of security but completely criminal that children have to suffer long term damage from... the she'll be right .Who's making a buck out of this suffering ?

    Protect Yourself from BPA
    By Lisa Farino for MSN Health & Fitness

    Medically Reviewed By: Pat F. Bass III, M.D., M.S., M.P.H

    Healthy eating may no longer be a matter of just what you eat and drink. It may also depend on what you buy, store, prepare, and heat those food and beverages in.

    A growing body of scientific research has linked the weak estrogenic compound bisphenol-A (BPA) to a variety of health problems, such as infertility, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.

    BPA is the main building block of polycarbonate plastic, a hard plastic widely used to make kitchen utensils, food storage containers, travel mugs, and water bottles. BPA is also a main component of the epoxy linings found in metal food and beverage cans.

    The problem: Polycarbonate plastics can leach BPA into our food and beverages.

    Heat, acid, alcohol, harsh detergents, age, and microwaving can also exacerbate the release of BPA, says Frederick vom Saal, a biology professor and BPA researcher at the University of Missouri.

    Because their reproductive organs are still developing, fetuses, infants, and children are especially vulnerable to synthetic estrogens BPA. This means pregnant women and kids can benefit from reduced exposure to BPA. Reproductive-aged women may also want to be careful.

    ?From animal models, it appears that the period right after fertilization and before a woman even knows she?s pregnant, is the most sensitive time in development,? says Randy Jirtle, a Professor of Radiation Oncology at Duke University. ?So if women are even thinking of becoming pregnant, they should consider limiting their exposure to BPA.?

    While BPA may be impossible to completely eliminate it from your life, there are a few key steps you can take to reduce exposure.

    Limit canned foods & beverages. The epoxy liners of metal food and beverage cans most likely contain BPA. Vom Saal especially recommends avoiding canned foods that are acid (tomatoes, tomato-based soups, citrus products, and acidic beverages like cokes) and canned alcoholic beverages, since acids and alcohols can exacerbate the leaching of BPA.

    The good news: Many foods and beverages can be purchased in glass containers (think beer, olive oil, and tomato paste) or frozen (like vegetables).

    Don?t store foods in plastic. Glass food storage containers are inert and there are plenty of wonderful Pyrex containers on the market. Just be sure to wash the lids, which are made of plastic, by hand.

    Filter your drinking and cooking water. Since detectable levels of BPA have been found in the water, vom Saal recommends removing it using a reverse osmosis and carbon filter, which generally can be found for less than $200. ?In the long run, it?s cheaper than buying bottled water, which isn?t tested for BPA,? he says.

    Filter your shower and tub water. According to vom Saal, the relatively small BPA molecules can easily be absorbed through the skin. BPA can be removed from the water by adding ceramic filters to showerheads and tubs. Just be sure to change them regularly.

    Don?t transport beverages in plastic mugs. Instead, opt for an unlined stainless steel travel mug. This is especially important when transporting hot beverages, like coffee or tea.

    Limit use of hard plastic water bottles. Those colorful light-weight plastic bottles may be great for hiking, but unfortunately, they are made of polycarbonate plastic. For everyday use when a little extra weight isn?t an issue, choose a stainless steel water bottle, and make sure it?s unlined?some metal water bottles contain a plastic liner that may contain BPA.

    Klean Kanteen makes an excellent series of unlined stainless steel water bottles

    Minimize hard plastics in the kitchen. Hard plastic stirring spoons, pancake flippers, blenders, measuring cups, and colanders regularly come into contact with both food and heat. Fortunately, all of these can easily be replaced with wooden, metal, or glass alternatives.

    Skip the water cooler. Those hard plastic five-gallon jugs that many companies use to provide their employees and customers with ?pure? water are usually made of BPA-containing polycarbonate. Opt for tap water instead.f You Must Use Plastic

    Avoid using plastic storage containers for anything that contains acid ingredients, like tomatoes or citrus products.
    Avoid putting any warm beverages or citrus products in plastic mugs or travel bottles.
    Wait for foods to cool to room temperature before placing in plastic storage containers.
    Transfer foods to ceramic or glass before placing in the microwave. Microwaving will break down the plastic, causing it to release BPA into the food.
    Wash all plastic containers by hand. The harsher detergents and hotter temperature in the dishwasher will cause the plastic to break down more quickly.
    Throw away any plastic food storage containers that are showing signs of age. If the plastic looks hazy or warped, feels ?sticky,? or has any visible lines or cracks, it is beginning to break down and could be releasing even more BPA.
    Choose plastics that have the recycling number 2 and 5. These are made out of far less reactive polypropylene and polyethylene.

    Especially For Kids

    Choose BPA-Free Baby Bottles. There are several alternatives to polycarbonate baby bottles. First, there?s the old-fashioned, inert glass baby bottle. If you prefer a plastic alternative, check out Born-Free?s new line of BPA-free plastic baby bottles.

    As with any plastics, you should still avoid harsh detergents, dishwashers, and microwaves.

    Choose BPA-Free Sippy Cups. Stainless steel sippy cups, like those by Klean Kanteen, are a great alternative to polycarbonate plastic sippy cups. Klean Kanteen also offers a BPA-free sippy-cup top adapter.

    If you prefer a smaller, lighter-weight, totally plastic sippy cup, check out Born Free?s line of colorful, BPA-free sippy cups.

    Again, it?s still wise to avoid exposing plastics to microwaves, harsh detergents, and dishwashers.

    Limit Plastic Toys. Unfortunately, polycarbonate plastics are used to make toys, which young kids are so known for chewing on. Since chewing can break down the plastic and release BPA into a toddler?s mouth, minimizing plastic toys during the chewing stage is a good idea.

    Especially for pregnant women

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