Plastic bottles and containers are a big part of everyday life. We drink from plastic at home, work, and while exercising, and use plastic containers to store food. We may even use bottled water to cook our organic foods, completely unaware that these water bottles and other plastic dishware may actually be hindering our good attempts at staying healthy.
While containers made of plastic are extremely convenient and quite inexpensive, many of them are made of chemicals that are toxic and hazardous to our health. One of the chemicals widely used in plastic water bottles and containers is BPA or bisphenol-A. Concerns about exposure to this synthetic chemical have led to research which reveals that BPA disrupts the endocrine and central nervous systems. Prolonged BPA exposure has been shown to alter hormone levels. How do these chemicals get from the plastic containers and into our body? The chemicals actually leach into the foods and liquids stored in them, especially when placing or storing hot foods in them, and when they become old and scratched after frequent usage. BPA is also found in soda cans and canned food.
Many new products are available from manufacturers designating plastic containers as BPA-Free. The problem is that there are many different chemicals in plastics, not just BPA. Antimony and phthalates are other toxic chemicals found in food packaging and water bottles. Therefore, even “BPA-Free” containers would not be considered your best bet.
Overall, try taking small steps to reduce your exposure by eating more fresh food and restricting canned and packaged food as much as possible. For food storage, glass and stainless steel are great options to replace plastic kitchenware! Try stainless steel to replace plastic utensils and water containers for eating and drinking while on the go.