9 Things You Can Do to Reduce BPA Exposure

[Guest Blog Post from Ruth Almon of Paleo Diet Basics.]

9 Things You Can Do to Reduce BPA Exposure

What is Bisphenol A?

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that’s used to harden plastics. It’s been around for over a hundred years, and was considered safe. But now that it’s being used an ever increasing variety of products, and the amount of BPA in our bodies is mounting up too.

Why you should avoid it?

  • More and more evidence is turning up saying that BPA might disrupt hormones, cause behavioral problems, obesity, and even cancer, among other others. It’s disturbing to know that 93% of Americans tested by the CDC were found to have BPA in their urine. Children and infants seem to be especially susceptible.

    There’s no definitive evidence that BPA is harmful, and it may take years to find out exactly how it affects our bodies. I suggest erring on the side of caution and taking these easy steps to reduce exposure.

Which plastics have BPA?

  • Plastics with 3 or 7 in the recycling code are likely to contain BPA.

What can I do?

1. Ditch the plastic water bottle.

If you want to take water with you, use a stainless steel bottle. If you want to refrigerate your water at home, store it in glass bottles.

2. Don’t buy canned food.

Unless specifically marked BPA-free, the lining of cans almost always contain BPA. This includes soda cans (but you’ve already given up soda, right?)

A real food diet doesn’t include a lot of canned goods, so saying goodbye to canned products is a win-win.

3. Don’t fiddle with thermal paper.

Most receipts and rolls of fax paper are made of thermal paper – that paper that fades over time. Never put receipts in your mouth while you’re sorting with your wallet and purchases in a store, and don’t hold them in your hands more than is necessary. This goes for carbonless copy paper, as well.

4. Use glass in your microwave.

Heating plastics with BPA causes them to leach into your food. Choose heatproof glass containers instead (very thin glass may crack in a microwave).

5. Use stainless steel containers for boxed lunches.

The initial cost is higher, but they should last pretty much forever.

6. Replace plastic containers in the kitchen, or at least don’t heat them.

If possible, use traditional, non-reactive materials in the kitchen, such as glass, stainless steel, wood, and ceramics. Practically speaking, there’s no denying that plastic is convenient. If you do use kitchen containers and utensils, reduce leaching by keeping them cool. If you want to store hot food, let it get to room temperature before putting it in a plastic container. Additionally, it’s best to wash plastic materials by hand – not in the dishwasher.

Infants and small children are especially susceptible to the effects of BPA.

7. Use only BPA-free baby bottles and sippy cups.

Baby bottles containing BPA were banned in Canada in 2008. In 2012, the U.S. followed suit, banning the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. Replace any old bottles you might still have hanging around.

8. Never use liquid baby formula.

Fortunately, BPA does not leach into powdered formula, even though it’s found in the lining of the cans. On the other hand, BPA does leach into liquid formula sold in metal cans. These should never be used.

9. Make sure your electric kettle or coffee maker has no plastic parts in contact with water.

If heat causes BPA to leach, it stands to reason that a kettle with plastic parts could be a significant source of BPA exposure, especially if you drink lots of hot drinks during the day. Buy a kettle or coffee maker with no plastic parts in the areas that get heated.

A return to eating real food usually comes along with a reduction in exposure to packaging. Switching to traditional, more natural materials in the kitchen will further reduce BPA exposure. While we all wait for science to catch up and determine whether this chemical is harmful, we can take step to live an (almost) BPA-free life.

Bio: Ruth is a big fan of the paleo diet, having regained her health after decades of living with chronic fatigue syndrome. She’s the author of Step By Step Paleo, a guidebook that takes the guesswork out of transitioning to paleo. 

Find Ruth at Paleo Diet BasicsFacebook and Pinterest.

Views: 447

Comment by Pat Robinson on February 7, 2014 at 9:24am

Medical studies related to BPA dangers.



You need to be a member of Heal Thyself! to add comments!

Join Heal Thyself!


Adrenal Fatigue?

New eCourse: You can feel better. You will feel better!

12-month membership - $99.

I trust you will love it here, or I'll return your membership fee!



Or Monthly Membership, $10/month, cancel anytime.

JOIN US! (member benefits)



Start Here...

                Master Tonic 101

          14 Steps for Healthy Guts

   The Beet Test (stomach acid)

                Healthy Poop 101

Overwhelmed? Where To Start?

                      Candida 101

Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

        Nettle Leaf Infusion 101

            10pm Bedtime Club 14-Day Green Smoothie Challenge

        Sharing Starter Cultures

               Probiotic Selection

       Water Kefir vs. Kombucha         Natural Remedies for Flu

Latest Activity

Profile IconMonica Dillon and Janet Johnson joined Heal Thyself!
B.Bard is now a member of Heal Thyself!
Feb 24
Profile IconKristin, Susan Lochary, Sacha and 1 more joined Heal Thyself!
Feb 20
Pat Robinson replied to Sarah Thompson's discussion Dealing with doctors
Feb 19
Sarah Thompson posted a discussion
Feb 19
Profile IconFaye Drummond and Alyssa Hodges joined Heal Thyself!
Feb 19
Brenda updated their profile
Feb 17
Profile IconJoe, Annie, David Russell and 2 more joined Heal Thyself!
Feb 17
Valerie posted a discussion
Feb 16
Profile IconAlysa King, Kelly , Erin and 2 more joined Heal Thyself!
Feb 15
karl k replied to karl k's discussion health concerns and problems
Feb 15
Lindsay cooper replied to karl k's discussion health concerns and problems
Feb 15
Profile IconNiko, Dwayne Mark Ryssman, Austin and 25 more joined Heal Thyself!
Feb 14
Vanessa Nixon Klein replied to Penny Baumann's discussion Water Kefir Grains available in the group Sharing starter cultures
Feb 12
karl k posted a discussion
Feb 11
Profile IconSahnya Greenfield, Amy Carpenter-Leugs, Karen Goldberg and 2 more joined Heal Thyself!
Feb 11
Profile IconCarrie Michelle Coleman, D.C., Andre and Mike Keating joined Heal Thyself!
Feb 9
Heidi Burke updated their profile
Feb 9
Toni added a discussion to the group Sharing starter cultures
Feb 8
Toni joined Shannon's group
Feb 8


  • Add Videos
  • View All


Wellness is an active process of personal accountability.

This list shares personal experience and information only and should not be taken as medical advice. All opinions and information shared are the views of the individual member.

Everyone must use her own discretion and judgment to determine whether you are comfortable or need to seek professional assistance. We are not your doctor.

The information contained in these pages is not intended to take the place of your health professional's advice. It is derived from our personal experience and research, and may shed light on your health complaints. In case of serious ailments which may not respond favorably, please seek the counsel of a qualified health professional.

"What do you expect the doctor to do? He can only prescribe something that will mask the symptoms until you heal yourself. He can not heal you."~ Gitti

Heal Thyself!

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” --Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

Blog Posts

I certainly don't fear the measles.

Posted by Pat Robinson on January 23, 2015 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

Gluten-Free Snacks

Posted by Pat Robinson on May 26, 2014 at 8:30pm

Cholesterol 101

Posted by Pat Robinson on May 20, 2014 at 8:00pm

Safe Detox Protocol

Posted by Pat Robinson on May 4, 2014 at 9:00pm

Ella’s Story

Posted by Pat Robinson on April 19, 2014 at 12:00pm

Naturally Sweetened Treats

Posted by Pat Robinson on February 25, 2014 at 7:30pm

Recipe Resources

Posted by Pat Robinson on February 18, 2014 at 9:00pm

8 Reasons to Avoid Glyphosate Sprayed Food

Posted by Pat Robinson on February 14, 2014 at 4:00pm

9 Benefits of Eating a Diet Rich in Antioxidants

Posted by Pat Robinson on February 14, 2014 at 3:08pm

Win Your Ultimate Kitchen Tool

Posted by Pat Robinson on February 9, 2014 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

© 2015   Created by Pat Robinson.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service