7 Surprising Places You'll Find BPA
While the industrial chemical BPA has been banned from baby bottles and sippy cups, it can still be found in many everyday products. A few might surprise you!
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If possible, skip picking up that receipt at the cash register. A study last year found that BPA is often used as a color developer for the printing dye used in thermal receipts. High levels of BPA were also found in the thermal paper that makes baggage destination tags, cigarette filters and bus, train and lottery tickets.
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BPA is a key ingredient in hard plastics and resins used to coat metal cans. If possible, buy fresh fruits and vegetables or those products in glass jars when you can. Hats off to Eden Foods, which makes all of their products in BPA-free cans!
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Many lined containers (like take-out cartons) use BPA to make them more sturdy. Unfortunately, when hot food goes inside, it can crank up exposure levels. Get your pizza to stay, or look for (or ask about) boxes and cartons made from just cardboard.
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Well, here’s another reason not to drink soda. Just like with canned food, soda cans are frequently lined with BPA to make the products more shelf-stable, and the cans more resilient.
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Most water coolers are made of #7 plastic, so there’s a good chance it’s leaching BPA into your cup. Consider asking your office manager if you can switch to using a Brita filter instead.
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Manufacturers of seemingly “safe” water bottles, like those made of aluminum, were pretty late to join the BPA-free party. If you’ve bought one in the last year from a notable brand, like Klean Kanteen, you’re probably in the clear. Another option, opt for glass bottles like those from LifeFactory.
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Ask your dentist what kind of sealants he uses if you’re having dental work completed. BPA may be found because it’s a by-product of other ingredients in dental composites and sealants that have degraded.
Want to take more steps to avoid BPA? Check out BabyZone’s BPA, Pregnancy and Fertility: Studies Raise New Concerns
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