How to Dodge BPA in Daily Life

Fresh food diet best way to avoiding risky chemical
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2011 3:43 PM CDT
How to Dodge BPA in Daily Life
The coating used to protect canned food from corrosion and bacteria sometimes has high levels of BPA, researchers say.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The estrogen-mimicking compound BPA, linked to health problems including breast cancer and infertility, is found in plastics, canned food, and even store receipts. It's nearly impossible to avoid it completely, but researchers say eating more fresh food helps and Fast Company has some tips for further cutting down exposure. Try to avoid:

  • Bottled water—Drink from the tap or try BPA-free stainless steel bottles.
  • Canned foodsfound to be especially high in BPA—unless the can states that it has a BPA-free lining.

  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic containers—use glass containers with BPA-free lids for leftover food.
  • Plastic coffeemakers—use a French press or ceramic drip.
  • Microwave meals—stick to freshly-prepared, organic foods where possible.
(Read more BPA stories.)

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