Recently BPA and phthalates have been in the news , so we thought we’d give a bit of info about these ubiquitous plasticizers. Both BPA and phthalates are added to products to add flexibility and durability. Phthalates are found in things like toys, packaging, wall coverings, cosmetics and building supplies. BPA is found in the linings of cans (such as formula), and some plastic bottles. The potential for harm to humans remains inconclusive, but there is growing evidence from animal studies that they could disrupt hormone production and cause problems.

Because we don’t know for sure what types of problems may arise from the use of these substances, we recommend avoiding whenever possible just to be safe. Look for BPA and phthalate free products. If no label exists, look at the recycling label. Avoid #3, 6 and 7 plastics. Safe plastics include #1, 2, 4 and 5. Also avoid high heat situations such as microwaving plastics or running them through the dishwasher. When possible chose fresh or frozen foods rather than canned and glass over plastic.

This doesn’t mean that you need to go crazy and tear your whole house apart in search of all things BPA. But next time you buy a new bottle or choosing which foods to buy, keep the plasticizers in mind.

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