I’ll take a dose of flame retardants with my butter and a swish of BPA with my water please.
Wait, excuse me?
Well, according to the latest of the latest studies (and they keep coming), these foods and the plastics which they are contained are affecting our healthy, tremendously. A recent article published in The Washington Post highlights the fact that even though we have clear cut and dry research to the detriments of chemicals like BPA (bisphenol-A) and phthalates the FDA is still slow to move. Understandably it’s difficult to measure the impact and set levels that are suitable for consumption, so what’s the current solution?
I personally say avoid them as much as possible, at least if you want greater levels of health and freedom from degenerative disease. Obviously we can’t eliminate them all day every day but we can surely make more aware choices that limit them.
Here are a few examples of ways I get around exposure without it drastically affecting how I live. Some may be “out there” for you, but the idea is to be aware and start where you can. It’s only your health.
I eat as close to the source as possible, eliminating food processing and the need for excess packaging. When I grocery shop, I do my best to use my nifty reuseable vegetable bags. I feel like any contact I can eliminate, again with out being a pain or overly time consuming is only good.
I use 5 gallon water jugs and fill in glass jars or bottles. While the 5 gallon isn’t ideal, it’s out of the heat and is BPA free. Over-reliance on plastic bottles could be way more detrimental than
I cook my own beans and make my own coconut milks/nut milks. If I can’t do that I purchase tetra packaging that eliminates the BPA and other harmful chemicals.
I use glass containers to store leftovers or cut fruit and veggies. These are widely available, cut down on waste and cost and limit your exposure of these toxins.
The idea isn’t to be perfect but to simply be aware of the choices that we make to reduce the already huge burdens we place on our bodies.
From a dietary perspective the great news is that if you already follow a REAL food diet you’re eliminating a huge chunk of these toxins to begin with.
Food for thought.