Kick the Can

Kick the Can
Kick the Can

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Get fresh. While it’s impractical to avoid food packaging altogether, opt for fresh or frozen instead of canned food as much as possible.

Go off the boil. Pouring boiling water into hard plastic water bottles—such as those used by outdoor enthusiasts—speeds the leaching of BPA. Avoid plastic water bottles with a “7” in the triangle at the bottom, and never add boiling water to one.

Food packaging is a major source of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in children and adults, according to a study conducted by Silent Spring Institute and the Breast Cancer Fund.

BPA, a hormone-disrupting industrial chemical, can be found in the plastic lining of canned goods and in hard, clear plastic items such as older hiking and baby bottles. Sometimes products that are labelled BPA-free contain chemicals that are close relatives.

Exposure to BPA has been associated with effects on the developing brain and, in laboratory studies, with effects on mammary and prostate glands.