#BPA Free: What’s the Correlation Between Organic and BPA Free Canned Food?

Bisphenol-A aka BPA is a synthetic hormone (a component of epoxy resin – eww! reminds me of glue) found in many food grade plastics, canned goods, and paper (like bank receipts), which  has been linked to illnesses such as cancer, developmental disabilities, heart disease, and more. Several studies have been conducted to determine levels in our bodies and conclusive evidence suggests that almost all people surveyed had some level of BPA in their system.

But what does the U. S. government consider a “safe level“? And how do we know what our level is?

From touching your ATM bank receipt to drinking from plastic water bottles and eating canned goods, you are exposing you and your family to this toxic chemical. Canned goods with a white lining or resin code 7 (inside the triangle) are suspect to BPA.

White can linings are likely to have Bisphenol-A, a resin that has been linked to numerous illnesses.

After reading more about BPA lined canned goods, I wondered if there is a correlation between government labeled “organic” brands and BPA free canned goods.

Some of my research findings below:

1. Don’t judge or trust a can by its label! Even though a canned food states it’s “BPA free” it is not always true – even organic brands.

2. Type of canned food, not always brand specific, contain inner linings with BPA. An organic or non-organic brand produces several types of food products, but only selected canned food products may or may not contain the toxic chemical.

3. Safe levels are outdated and inconclusive. One study in 2008 suggested that “0.0024 micrograms per kilogram of body weight” was a safe level for humans (study was done on lab animals), but that study’s results were tossed with the wind in 2009 since it probably contained skewed data from the plastics industry. (Concern over canned foods, Consumer Reports, 2009.)

4. Highest levels of BPA (parts per billion – ppb) were found in green beans and soup according to a Consumer Reports study. And Con-Agra (not by far organic!) was the worst offender for BPA levels.

5. Some, not all, organic brands use BPA free metal cans. Some brands include

  • Eden Foods (BPA free since 1997)
  • Muir Glen tomatoes
  • Amy’s (since 2012)
  • Some Trader Joe products
  • Whole Foods 365 canned goods (only 27% are BPA free)
  • Farmer’s Market Foods (canned pumpkin, pie fillings)
  • Annie’s
  • Earth’s Best Organic
  • Imagine

Download and print a free BPA Free Canned Food Pocket Guide from BPA Free Canned Good blog.

Alternatives to canned foods are fresh, frozen or dried varieties. Although plastic packaging for frozen foods are not always BPA free, the levels are likely much lower than those found in metal cans. Plastic containers that are “safe for the microwave use” likely have higher levels of BPA as well.

Best bet? Buy fresh and can food yourself in BPA free glass jars or freeze for future use. DO NOT heat reusable plastic food containers or those plastic microwave meals! You are more likely to get a higher dose of BPA in your food than using glass containers. And remove those plastic lids from glass containers before reheating too!

Did I miss a brand or health issue related to BPA? Please comment below, I’m always looking for more insight.

#BPA Free Leftovers: Glass Food Containers are Safer

Thanksgiving is over, but you probably still have plenty of leftovers to store or giveaway. Don’t run to your cupboards too quickly to store leftovers in those whipped topping and yogurt containers. Commercial food containers, especially those that contain dairy products are not good for reuse. Look at the bottom of the container and you are more likely to find a number 5 in the center of the triangle. Remember resin code 5 is not the safest plastic for storing food.

Some Rubbermaid and Tupperware plastic food containers are BPA free, but older versions are not. What’s the best way to store leftover food?

Glass.


Glass food storage containers (with or without plastic lids) do not contain BPA (bisphenol-A), and are the safest way to store, freeze and reheat leftovers whether it’s from a big feast like Thanksgiving or today’s dinner. Opt for various sized containers from 1/2 cup to 3 cups or more. Rubbermaid and Anchor Hocking both have various sized glass containers with several lid color choices. One year for Christmas I received 3 sets of small to medium sized round glass storage containers, and they are still good today for freezing, reheating and stacking too. I use them in my lunches and when we travel – they are not much heavier than the old plastic ones either!

The safest way to clean plastic lids for glass food storage is hand-washing, however, some package sets do state it’s safe to wash plastic lids in your dishwasher. Ensure you read whether the lid is BPA free or not, so you know if you can use the lid in your microwave.

 

BPA FAQ: Which Plastic Food Containers are BPA Free?

Lately, I’ve been receiving numerous questions about which plastics contain BPA and which do not. I’d like to address 3 general tips about determining which plastics are BPA free.

BPA Questions

Lately, I’ve been receiving numerous questions about which plastics contain BPA and which do not. I’d like to address some general tips about determining which plastics are BPA free.

1. Check labels. Just as you check labels for salt, sugar and fat content, check the bottoms of plastic food containers for the resin code (number within the recycle symbol). Those plastic containers most likely to contain BPA are #3, 6 & 7. (Read more info about plastic resin codes here.) Also, check tags on products designed to be used with food such as coffee makers, plastic storage containers, blenders, coffee grinders, microwave ovens, etc. Oftentimes, these products will include a tag or label that designates the item as “BPA free.” If it doesn’t explicitly state that it is BPA free, then I’d suggest buy another brand.

2. No resin codes. Older plastic food containers such as those from Tupperware, Rubbermaid and others may not have a resin code on the bottom. Tupperware has included an informative page on their website indicating which product lines are specifically BPA free. Contact the company/manufacturer directly if you’re unsure of BPA content. I use older Tupperware containers to hold non-food items since they are not recycle-friendly.

3. Plastics to avoid. BPA (biphensol-A) commonly found in plastic food containers, packaging, household products and other plastic items is more harmful if used in plastic food containers. Avoid any plastic product that is used with food to lessen your exposure to this harmful chemical. Do not heat plastic containers in the microwave or use food containers that have scratches; these could potentially leach BPA into your food as well.

Questions? Ask here and I will attempt to answer or direct you to the answer.

#BPA Free #Coffee Pot Makes Better Coffee

What do you make your daily java in? For years I owned a small 4 cup plastic base coffee maker, handed down from someone else in my family. My mom had a similar one as well, until the glass carafe broke. Do you have a traditional peculator? Love those too.

Awhile back I wrote a blog about the dangers of plastic coffee pots – the BPA type of dangers – the chemical that has been proven to cause Cancer. If you own one of these plastic coffee makers, it’s time you made the switch. There are excellent alternatives to BPA plastic coffee brews, a few manufacturers do use BPA free plastic (however, you’re still contributing to the production of plastic), but the best alternative is to buy a Bodum French Press.

If you relish the rich taste of fresh pressed coffee – just like those swanky coffee shops in San Fran & Seattle, you’re gonna love the French Press. It takes a little getting used to – you only need ground coffee and hot water – no filter! The entire French Press carafe is made from glass with only minimal plastic which IS BPA free. It’s completely washable, and you can make up to 8 cups (4 oz) at a time.

My mother received one for Christmas from Amazon, and she has adjusted to it after only a few uses. Bodum’s French Press is now on sale through my AmazonStore, so just click on the green Amazon box on the left column & you’ll be eligible not only for the sale price, but also for the super saver shipping with any purchase over $25 or click here too!

The Cuisinart Brew Central 12 cup programmable coffee pot is also on sale at 43% of retail price! This is a great addition to your eco friendly kitchen and appliances. Buy now and Save!

FAQ: Is Tupperware BPA Free? Part 1

Are your containers BPA free?

Several readers have inquired about Tupperware plastic food containers and whether they contain BPA or not as well as why Tupperware often does not have a resin code (1-7) on the bottom of its containers.

Do note that any plastic food containers that you own which have visible scratches, pitting or have melted as a result of heat in a microwave or dishwasher, should NOT be used to store or prepare food. As previously noted, you should either 1) throw them away or 2) use the containers for non food storage like in your garage or bathroom.

Are your Tupperware containers BPA free? Here’s what the Tupperware Website disclosed (BPA is used in polycarbonate production for plasticware):

  • Only 10 percent of Tupperware’s products are from polycarbonate (which also contains biphensol-a or BPA). The R & D group at Tupperware believe this is the sturdiest type of plastic for its customers, which resists high heat (like in a microwave).
  • Consumers are becoming more concerned about the health effects from cooking and preparing food in polycarbonate (non BPA free) plastic containers, so in March 2010 Tupperware began using other materials for children’s products in the US and Canada. *Note: If you have or use plastic containers to serve or prepare food, which were purchased prior to March 2010, it is recommended that you stop using these immediately due to the toxins contained in such products and the health risks involved especially in young children.**

Do you wonder if your Tupperware containers are BPA Free or not? Are you looking for that recognizable resin code on the bottom of your plastic container to determine whether it can be recycled? Yes, I have a few of those containers too. No recycling code, is this container safe for my family to use?

According to Tupperware, “because Tupperware® products contain a lifetime guarantee and were not originally intended for recycling, they were not labeled with recycle codes. Now that the code system and recycling practices have become more widely adopted internationally, Tupperware will begin to systematically place raw material codes (recycling codes) on all products.”

Tupperware has also provided a quick and easy guide to determine which products from the Spring/Summer 2010 catalog are BPA free.

What should you do with all those plastic cups, storage containers, and other plastic food containers? I strongly suggest you reuse them for other things, but not food to reduce and eliminate the risk of leaching toxins into your body in addition to your family. I use mine to store my loose change, hair ties, extra buttons and sewing kits, paperclips, rubberbands, hooks and nails, and the like. They work great in bathrooms, closets, garages, and under the sink – just don’t use them for storing food.

Keep you and family BPA free by following these helpful tips. What other products do you have questions about regarding the dangers of BPA? Ask them here, and I’ll investigate the answer for you.

**Read part 2 to view a video created by Tupperware about BPA. Very informative!

The Dangers of Plastic Coffee Pots

Learn more about which products are BPA free and ones that could be potentially harmful to your health. If you must use plastic coffee makers or pots, ensure they are BPA free.

Is Your Coffee Pot BPA Free? What Toxins are You Drinking Everyday?

french press coffee maker
French Press available from Amazon.com is BPA free.

According to the Mother Nature Network, “the main problem with BPA is that it’s a synthetic female hormone. It often winds up bonding with some animals’ estrogen receptors, tricking them into producing estrogen-like reactions such as starting puberty in females or shrinking reproductive organs in males.” More research has found that humans have exhibited negative reactions from BPA in their bodies “such as increased aggression in young girls or sexual dysfunction in adult men. But one of BPA’s most troubling side effects is its tendency to cause earlier puberty and breast development in female mice: Both are precursors to breast cancer in humans, and both are also inexplicably happening to the U.S.”

At first, people didn’t think BPA would be a hazard to our health; however, “due to the relatively weak chemical connections, called ester bonds, that link it with its fellow monomers.” Thus these bonds can be broken with heat, an acid or a base such as warming the plastic container in a microwave or through plastic components in a coffee pot.

There are other options for brewing your morning fix, remember your parents’ and grandparents’ method of brewing a “hot cup of Joe”? My grandmother boiled water on the stove and then steeped her coal black coffee in a metal pot. Invest in an eco-friendly coffee pot or French Press for single servings.

Other types of coffee makers and filters that are reported to be BPA free include:

Hamilton Beach Brew Station – according to one source onLunch.com

Coffee Percolators

Chemex Coffee Makers (looks like a chemistry tool)

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Most of the above coffee makers can be purchased on Amazon.com, if not at your local big box stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Costco and Best Buy. More valuable information about plastic coffee pots and other harmful plastics from BadPlastics.com

Original post by Freespiritwriter.com

Are Rubbermaid Products BPA Free?

Learn more about which products are BPA free and ones that could be potentially harmful to your health. If you must use Rubbermaid plastic products, ensure they are BPA free.

Rubbermaid Comes Clean by Disclosing
Which Storage Containers are BPA Free

Several plastic food containers from Rubbermaid are BPA free like this Flex Seal canister.

According to Rubbermaid’s website, they are many products that are BPA free including the Flex Seal and Servin’ Saver series are 2 of many food containers that are BPA free. Other products that are BPA free include:

  • Premier (only the ones produced as of March 2010 are BPA free) check the bottom of the container for the BPA free symbol
  • Produce Saver
  • Lock Its
  • Take-a-longs
  • LockIts Canisters
  • Collapsibles
  • Round & Square Jars
  • Durable butter and cake keeper
  • Servin’ Saver
  • EZ tops
  • Basic containers

Other BPA free products are listed on their website, if you are not sure whether or not those Rubbermaid containers are leaching harmful toxins in your food.