How to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA

BPA, which stands for bisphenol A, is considered to be a toxin and an endocrine disruptor. Unfortunately, we interact with this chemical every day when we use plastic food containers or paper receipts. I’ve always been aware of the fact that as humans we are burying ourselves under plastics but I started paying closer attention to this toxin due to an unfortunate event that I had to go through during the last week of March 2021. I’m not ready to share the details of the event yet but I can say it lead me to start reading the book It Starts With the Egg by Rebecca Fett.

It’s never too early to start protecting yourself and your loved ones from BPA.

Unfortunately, BPA is almost everywhere, and it’s almost impossible to avoid this chemical completely. What we can do instead is we can reduce our exposure to this toxin without becoming too paranoid about it. One thing that relieved me when I was reading the book is that we do not have to be too paranoid about consuming food that comes in a plastic package. But of course, you should go for plastic-free packaging whenever possible for your and the environment’s sake.

So, here are the steps suggested by the author that can help you reduce your exposure to BPA:

1. Throw away all plastic kitchen items that come into contact with hot food or drinks

2. Use a stainless steel water bottle

3. Minimize canned and highly processed foods

4. Wash plastic items by hand

5. Choose polypropylene or HDPE plastic

6. Wash your hands after handling paper receipts

Rebecca Fett, It starts with the egg, p.57

The author cites several credible sources in her book. One of the researches done by the Harvard School of Public Health and the CDC in 2016 that the author refers to got my attention (I was not able to find the link to the research on the Internet, unfortunately). Researchers noticed that “consuming more than 400 micrograms of natural folate from food per day appears to cancel out the effect of BPA” on fertility. The author suggests consuming more folate-rich products such as berries, oranges, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, asparagus, avocado, and lentils. She also adds a word of caution regarding folate supplements:

Interestingly, folate from supplements did not make any difference. This could be because most supplements contain synthetic folic acid, whereas the folate present in fruits and vegetables is typically in the form of biologically active methylfolate or other forms that are readily converted to methylfolate.

Rebecca Fett, It starts with the egg, p.49

Do you use a lot of plastics in your daily life? Are you concerned about BPA’s potential adverse effects on your health? What additional actions can you take to reduce your exposure to plastic and BPA?