You might have heard of BPA and how dangerous it can be for your health. BPA is a component found in plastic, and the main problem with it is that it can leak into your food and drinks if you store or make your beverages and meals using plastic utensils or other appliances that contain BPA. Here are some thoughts on how to stay safe and ensure that you don’t expose yourself and your family to such risks.
What risks are we talking about?
Recent studies have shown severe effects of BPA on human health, by specifically being a factor that influences fertility for the worse. In males, exposure to BPA leads to the reduction of sperm count and motility, while women who try getting pregnant, via IFV or naturally, experience serious issues.
But infertility is not the only problem resulted from BPA contamination. This toxic compound is linked to obesity and the drainage of the reserves of vitamin D in the body. Current studies examine the possibility of a relationship between BPA exposure and heart disease.
Go for stainless steel or glass
Plastic may seem like such a convenient choice for kitchen appliances. But the truth is that containers that are made from plastic pose many threats to your health, when in prolonged contact with your food. Blenders, coffee makers, as well as other appliances do not necessarily need to have plastic parts.
Especially the jug where the food or beverage is processed can just as well be made from stainless steel or glass. These materials are BPA-free, and they present other advantages. They do not rust, and they are more durable, keeping your kitchen free of toxic compounds.
BPA-free plastic is a convenient alternative
There are, indeed, reasons for people to favor plastic, especially for food containers, since glass can be very cumbersome and difficult to transport. That is why new manufacturers invested more in researching a type of plastic that is free of the toxic compound.
You will now find in stores food containers made from BPA-free plastic. They are just as convenient as regular plastic models, but they are not dangerous for your health. They are easy to carry around, and they won’t break easily.
Other ways to stay clear of BPA
Prepackaged foods are the main issue when it comes to BPA exposure, for the mere fact that they come wrapped in plastic and they need to be warmed up inside a microwave oven, which makes matters even worse.
Besides purchasing all kinds of BPA-free kitchen appliances, what you can do for your health is to ensure that you cook more at home, using fresh ingredients. While you may not be able to stay clear of BPA altogether, since it is an environmental pollutant, by limiting its effects, you will work towards improving your health.