Do you know which unknown toxins hide within your pantry?

Do you know which unknown toxins hide within your pantry?
July 22, 2016

Even if you are careful about the food you take home to you and your family, there is a chance that you will consume some bodily unkind toxins…blindly.

Even food that is very healthy can pose as a real toxic risk to your health. It all depends on the way it was packaged.  Think about those antioxidant rich foods like stewed tomatoes, black beans, or even that much needed water that you consume from a plastic container.

Knowing where toxins hide is a key component of your efforts in getting healthier.  Not to be vain but, these toxins will even affect your waistline.

In this short article I explore one of them:  Bisphonol A; AKA BPA.

BPA has been found in 67% of canned food products and in 78% of plastic containers of top brands in the US.

BPA is known to interfere with your hormone system by mimicking the effects of estrogen.  There are numerous studies that show a potential correlation between high levels of BPA and an increased risk of some forms of cancer such as breast and prostate, reproductive disorders, type 2 diabetes, brain functioning and even memory loss and obesity.

What’s the alternative?  Opt for fresh or frozen foods or purchase food items in glass containers.  Some of my favorite brands include Whole Foods’ 365 organics, Eden Organics, and Muir Glen. There are also many others.  Keep in mind that you should ALWAYS read the label to be assure completely that you are avoiding BPA.

Other sources of BPA include take-out boxes and plastic bottles, including the convenient water bottles we use in the US.  A quick way to identify if your container (and therefore your food) has BPA is to look for the recycle code.  The recycle code is usually a number located at the bottom of the container.  If the code is #7, it most likely contains BPA.  Plastic containers labeled with recycle codes 1, 2 or 5 should not contain BPA.

Plastic companies are beginning to look for BPA alternatives. You will see many plastic products in the market labeled “BPA-Free”.  However, my honest advice is for you to avoid using plastic for food storage. If you decide to use those that are indeed BPA free, assure that you don’t heat or microwave your food in them.

Avoiding harmful toxins is not difficult; it’s a matter of keeping yourself informed. Aim to read labels before purchasing.  Your money should always go toward health promoting foods, and not the opposite.

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p.s. The European Union and Canada have banned BPA use in baby bottles. As of 2014 the FDA has not issued BPA labeling requirements for plastics in the US.

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