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How Safe Is Your Food Container?

As you know, bisphenol-A (BPA) -- the material used in making baby bottles, food-storage containers and the lining of soda cans -- imitates the sex hormone estradiol. Leaching from common sources like these, tiny amounts of BPA can trigger harmful changes in your body, including an increased risk of breast cancer.

With all these reports surfacing, you may be very concerned just how safe any of the materials used to make the food containers in your kitchen and grocery store really are.

I stumbled across this valuable source from the International Plastics Task Force (link below) that lists more leaching chemicals suspected to be hormone disruptors and used to make containers not labeled as being recyclable. Some chemicals will be familiar to you if you read my eHealthy News You Can Use newsletter regularly, while others won't. Take a look at a sample of the list below, then click on the link at the bottom of my post for the rest.

  • Polyvinyl chloride used to make Reynolds Wrap.
  • Polypropylene, an opaque plastic used to make many deli soup containers, "cloudy" plastic baby bottles and ketchup bottles.
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate used to bottle soft drinks, water and cooking oils.

International Plastics Task Force

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