BPA Regulations, the Problem with Plastic Alternatives and the Good News

The recent FDA ban on BPA in baby bottles and childrens drinking cups in the United States has introduced new controversy to the BPA debate in Canada. While Canadian government regulations do not currently restrict the sale of any BPA products, legislation is in the works for similarly restricting its use in infant products. Meanwhile, concern is nowbeing raised over the potential toxicity of all plastic replacements that are used in place of BPA; in particular, Bisphenol S (BPS). Studies have shown that not only does BPS pose similar health risks to BPA, but also that it can be as much as 19 times more easily absorbed.

The good news is that despite the ubiquitous nature ofplastic in our modern life, you can dramatically reduce your exposure by making just a few simple lifestyle changes. A recent study found that people were able to reduce their BPA levels by 66% in just three days after avoiding foods that had been in contact with plastic. Some ideas for reducing plastic exposure:
  • Buy foods in bulk as opposed to packaged
  • Use paper bags instead of plastic at the grocery store
  • Opt for products stored in glass instead of plastic, plastic-lined cans and tetra packs
  • Store foods and drinks in glass or stainless steel containers
  • Save glass jars for future use as storage containers (discard any lids that have rusted)
  • Never heat plastics in the microwave, oven, or dishwasher
If you would like to read more about these studies and the overall risks associated with plastic use, have a look at this article from Civil Eats here: