Plastic is everywhere: In our homes, in our schools, in our kids’ toys, even in the pens we inadvertently chew on. Plastic is also in landfills. About 85% is never recycled!
Plastic is how the food industry packages a sizeable percentage of our food. Have you ever noticed the markings on the packaged foods you buy? See above picture, for example.
Plastic can become a health issue because some types may leach toxins into the food we then consume, for example BPA (Bisphenol A) which we have written about extensively.
If you’re like 93% of Americans, you already have BPA in your body. It gets inside us in various ways – not from plastics alone. For example most canned food has BPA that leached from the lining the inside of the can.
You can rid your body of BPA and other toxins by eating fresh foods that are not canned or packaged in plastic containers. Glass or paper packaging for example. But if you do buy foods packaged in plastic, know that there are many different types. Some are less bad than others. Here is a summary table listing plastic types from least damaging to worst offender. Click on the table to enlarge.
Specifically regarding BPA, here is a partial list of manufacturers that don’t use it:
- Eden Organic (canned goods)
- Ella’s Kitchen (fruit puree packs)
- POMI (Tomato products)
- POM (juices)
- Kettle (nut butters)
- Plum Organics (baby food)
- Happy Baby (baby food)
What products do you use that are BPA free?
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2. Biello, David (1998). “Plastic (Not) Fantastic: Food Containers Leach a Potentially Harmful Chemical,” Scientific American, February 18, 2008.
3. Rolf U. Halden (2010). “Plastics and Health Risk,” Annual Review of Public Health, Vol. 31: 179-194.