Going BPA-Free. Why You Should Do It and How.

What does BPA Free mean: Fiesta Tropicalé BPA Free Cans are Canned Coconut Milk BPA Free

There’ s been a lot of buzz in the past several years over BPA; vigilant consumers carefully read labels to hunt for the chemical on items in grocery stores. Public opinion is now in universal agreement that BPA exposure is simply bad for human health. But what’s the big deal? What is BPA? And what can it do to you? Read on for some answers.

What is BPA?

BPA is bisphenol A, an industrial chemical added to plastics and resins used for food containers like water bottles, food cans and bottle tops. It was in wide use starting in the 1950’s, when chemists found that BPA could strengthen the composition of plastics and epoxy resins. You’d be surprised to hear that epoxy resins are actually used to line canned food! The resin prevents canned metals from corroding and breaking.

Can I ingest BPA without knowing it?

The sad answer is, Yes. Our exposure to BPA is primarily through our diet - canned soups and packaged foods typically use BPA in their containers. Some research shows that BPA can seep into food or beverages through BPA-containers. Babies who are bottle-fed with BPA-containing bottles are found to have higher levels of BPA compared to breastfed babies.

Is BPA bad for me?

There’s been a lot of debate on this topic. The FDA says that BPA is safe in very low levels in some food products. However, exposure to BPA may have negative health effects on fetal development, increased blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Several studies have shown that BPA can negatively affect fertility in both men and women.

How can I avoid BPA?

There are lots of practical ways to avoid BPA in your diet. Look for products with labels stating they’re BPA-free. Fiesta Tropicalé canned coconut milk uses only BPA-free cans.

You can also avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers. The heat can breakdown plastic and allow BPA to leak into food. You can use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for food instead of plastic containers. This includes using glass water bottles instead of plastic water bottles.

It’s easy to be mindful and take steps to limit your exposure to BPA, especially when it’s to benefit personal health for you and your family.

Enjoy healthful, BPA-free options with Fiesta Tropicalé Canned Coconut Milk!

BPA Free Canned Coconut Milk