Removing plastic from the kitchen
The CDC found BPA in 93% of urine samples collected in 2004, this is scary because BPA mimics estrogen in the body and not only does it increase cancer cell growth but it reduces sperm count. High estrogen levels have linked it to the US’s children going through puberty at a younger age than ever. If BPA mimics estrogen then it is safe to say that this it contributing to the problem. The FDA has admitted that all plastic leach chemicals into our food.
One of our goals this year was to remove as much plastic from our kitchen as possible. Well we did it! All plastic is gone except for our daughters Sippy cups. We have replaced all kitchen utensils with wood or stainless steal. We replaced all plastic food storage containers with glass ones (they still have plastic lids but are BPA free). We replaced our old plastic mixing bowls with glass ones. We even transitioned our 21 month old daughter to adult silverware in order to get rid of the plastic she eats off of. We have always used Corelle so we didn’t do plastic plates and bowls with her.
What can you do? Remove as much plastic from your kitchen as possible whatever remains never heat food up in it or pour hot liquid in to it. Use glass or stainless steal to store leftovers. A cheep idea for glass storage containers is to wash and reuse any glass that your food comes in such as pasta sauce or peanut butter. If you remove the labels they are dishwasher safe and are great for storing leftovers in. Do not drink from plastic water bottles, you can buy stainless steal ones or glass inexpensively. Buy fresh or frozen veggies because cans are lined with BPA. Eat garden fresh veggies year round by canning them at home. Buy dried beans it takes longer but your health is worth it. If you buy items from the grocery store that are wrapped in plastic repackage it when you get home. Wax paper and aluminum foil are good options. Be sure that any item you buy for feeding your baby is BPA free, or use glass. When in doubt throw it out is a good idea when it comes to plastic, if it does not say BPA free then get rid of it, it is not worth the risk. Now days we figured out that BPA is bad for us what will it be tomorrow? If you get rid of the plastic you don’t have to worry about it.