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Avoid bisphenol A from your healthy food

Bisphenol A or BPA is a chemical compound used in combination with other elements in the constitution of plastics and epoxy resins. It is found everywhere: in plastic containers, the coating of metal cans (including cans), hard plastic water bottles (found in companies, in waiting rooms …), receipts and until recently he was still found in baby bottles. Bisphenol A is very toxic and unfortunately it penetrates very easily into the body.

Many studies have proved its harmfulness: it weakens tooth enamel, is probably responsible for many cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, it acts on the brain, on the reproductive function (it is an endocrine disruptor). I advise you to take a look at the Wikipedia article, the list of risks is very long.

The first thing is to NEVER heat a plastic that contains food.

It is extremely toxic because bisphenol A goes directly into food (yet I often see people putting plastic dishes in the microwave oven: never do that!). When you buy your products in store, beware of plastics. Do not worry, there’s a simple way to spot Bisphenol A: on the packaging you can find the recycling logo having a triangular shape with a number inside.

Identifiers 3, 6 and 7 indicate products that are very likely to contain bisphenol A. Avoid them like the plague! Replace canned vegetables with frozen vegetables for example. They stay for a long time and have as many vitamins as fresh vegetables.

Note: to my knowledge, only for broccoli is freezing destroying an interesting compound, it is sulforaphane, an anti-cancer molecule very useful to prevent this pathology.

Bisphenol S (an even more toxic compound than bisphenol A) as well as phthalates (used to make plastics soft) are also harmful to health. All that I said previously avoids bisphenol A, bisphenol S and phthalates. It is important to point out that these three chemical compounds are ubiquitous in the environment and they are fat soluble that is to say they are stored preferentially in fat. This is one more reason to limit your consumption of fatty meat.