Concern about the harmful effects of bisphenol-a (BPA) in polycarbonate plastic baby feeding gear spread like wildfire almost 10 years ago. So much parent-fury ensured that manufacturers were absolutely forced into removing it from their products. It seems now that only the archaic, irrelevant companies still use BPA (or polycarbonate) plastic packaging for food products.
Unfortunately, BPA is still commonly found in epoxy resins used for protective linings in canned food, ready-to-feed infant canned formula, and metal lids of baby food jars. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found such widespread exposure to BPA may result in levels of up to 11 times higher in infants than in adults. Thankfully, our exposure has been greatly minimized due to the BPA-culling of recent years.
Lowering our children’s body burden is a necessity, so avoiding common toxic chemicals in baby food packaging is an important step. And considering the chemical industry used to pump out more than 7 billion pounds of bisphenol-a every year, it’s important to keep our eyes open for the newer unknown chemicals that are constantly popping up (sometimes even in BPA-free products) – the industry is infamous for it.
That’s why we like to stick with what we know. There are a group of materials that have been proven stable and are much safer alternatives to toxic plastics like polycarbonate, PVC, polystyrene and unknown #7 plastics. We also avoid certain metals like aluminum and opt for stainless steel instead, and we know that as long as a product is made of glass, polypropylene, LDPE, HDPE or PET, we’re pretty much good to go.
Check out our newly updated Comprehensive Safe and Natural Baby Food Guide on the blog: http://buff.ly/2bIYld3
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