Bisphenol-A’s rap sheet is so long and conclusive there can be no doubt this chemical is a public health enemy. A component of polycarbonate (PC #7) plastic, used for drink and baby bottles, canned food lining and food storage, BPA, which behaves like estrogen, has been connected to obesity, diabetes, infertility, breast cancer and heart disease in human adults, breathing problems in infants. and aggressive behavior in girls, as reported in our blog.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has added BPA to its list of chemicals that can cause birth defects, as reported in the L.A. Times. And France has banned BPA from infant products and ordered it removed from all food and drink containers by 2015.
Recent Research Findings:
What to do?
At this point, I think it’s best to simply avoid any #7 plastic drink bottle, even those that claim to be BPA-free.
Best Picks? Stainless steel water bottles and tempered glass baby bottles.
Never heat food in any plastic. Use steel or ceramic in the oven or on the stove, or ceramic or glass in the microwave. Here are some safer plastics for storing food. Safest of all however, are tempered glass, microwave-safe containers like these.