Beware of Dangerous Tupperware

Back in the 60s, officials approved Bisphenol-A (BPA) for use in manufacturing.  There was much rejoicing among makers of plastic items because BPA is great for hardening translucent plastic and is relatively cheap.

Canada has now declared BPA a toxic substance!

Today, BPA has been linked with abnormal hormonal trends like early-onset puberty.

When BPA encounters heat from nearby sources, its molecule will dissolve its bonds.  If there is food in contact with the heated surface of BPA-enhanced plastic, then BPA is migrating straight into your food!  Furthermore, if you are heating up anything acidic (e.g. tomato sauce, chili) or anything alkaline (e.g. vegetables) in a BPA plastic container, you are likely ingesting it.

A recent Statistics Canada report warned that BPA is present in the urine of 91% of Canadians.

Health Problems Associated with BPA

BPA is a synthetic female hormone, so it clings to estrogen receptors and produces estrogen-like changes and has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.

BPA also appears to suppress the development of male sex organs and may lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Get Rid of Your BPA Plastic Containers

Start by looking at your existing stash of plastic containers.

  • If they bear the recycling symbol 7, they contain BPA!  Avoid!
  • Items with the 3 and 6 symbol may or may not contain BPA, but they do contain other nasties, such as phthalates (petrochemical derivatives that are also believed to be endocrine disruptors).  Avoid!
  • Items with the symbols 1, 2, 4 and 5 are considered safe plastics.
  • Items with no stamps or symbols mean they are too old.  Get rid of them immediately!
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Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 3:11 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. I’m pretty sure I was born in the wrong decade but stuff like this makes it bearable.


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