On 20180201 at ~ 1am, due to tiredness, I wrongly switched my PowerPac mini slow cooker instead of my mobile phone charger. At 4.20 am, after being woken up by Little Prince who fell as he was trying to go to the toilet, I realized that a UniMom plastic milk bottle and the lid of a Japan Home food container, that I tried to dry after washing, were pretty near the slow cooker. My mind thought of bisphenol A (BPA).
Therefore, I decided to buy a new Pigeon glass bottle (the 200 ml one costed us AED 34) and a new food container to substitute them. However, instead of dumping the plastics that were heated for over 3 hours, I thought of using the UniMom bottle as a toy at the beach.
We are often persuaded through ads to buy BPA-free labeled products, which are more expensive, that their counterparts. For the love of their children and the peace of mind, many parents, including ourselves, often buy the BPA-free ones. What is BPA?
Since the 1960s, BPA has been used to make particular plastics and resins. BPA has been shown to affect the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. BPA is also associated with hypertension.
How to minimize our exposure to BPA?
- Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers.
- do not consume (or at least reduce our consumption of) canned foods since most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin.
- avoid heating, microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher, because the plastic may break down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods.