Recent findings may make you re-think your use of BPA products. A 2020 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that BPA exposure could increase the chance of early death by 49%. The study followed 3,883 U.S. adults and tested urine for BPA levels. Higher levels of BPA in urine may be linked to higher mortality rates.
BPA is a shorter name for bisphenol-A. The Mayo Clinic describes BPA as an industrial chemical used in manufacturing plastics and resins, used since the 1960s. When in the human body, BPA is an endocrine disruptor, changing hormones and hormone levels.
The FDA’s stance on BPA is that it is safe at its current levels. Although it remains firm about BPA’s safety, the FDA continues to review the research. Interestingly, although the FDA in the U.S. allows for the use of BPA, countries like Denmark, Belgium, France, and even China limit BPA when it comes to food items.
BPA is commonly found in plastics and resins used for food items. Some examples are water bottles, commercial food containers and wrappers, food storage containers, and resin lining canned food. Some surprising sources of BPA are dental composites and sealants, and thermal paper receipts.
The exact ways BPA may affect the human body is unknown. Because BPA affects hormones, and hormones direct body functions, there are many avenues through which BPA could impact the human body. Fetuses and infants may be affected the most because small levels of BPA could change a developing body. For instance, BPA may cause fetal abnormalities and harm reproductive systems. BPA may also affect childhood behavior and cause infertility and erectile dysfunction. The three major adult disorders — heart disease, diabetes, and obesity — are all influenced by hormones. The presence of BPA may impact these disorders. Alarmingly, there’s research that indicates the amount of BPA levels found in humans has been underestimated.
As a consumer, you can keep yourself safe by opting to choose non-BPA containing products. The following are a few companies that are moving towards a BPA-free environment.
8. Edward & Sons
Edward & Sons makes an honest statement about BPA on their website. They recognize how widespread BPA is in the environment. Although they limit BPA’s use in all their products, they cannot guarantee that BPA will not leach in from other sources. They label their products as BPANI instead, meaning BPA Non-Intent. The company attempts, as much as possible, to keep BPA out of their products.
According to the BPA information portion of the Amy’s website, the company states they use tin-lined instead of BPA-lined cans in their packaging. Amy’s manufactures their food with food safety and integrity in mind, keeping the food nutritious and safe to eat.
6. Eden Foods
Since 1997, Eden Foods has been experimenting with ways to store their foods without compromising taste or safety. Aware of the dangers of BPA, their manufacturing standards have aligned with European standards of food safety. They have since achieved a BPA-free can lining for both high and low acid foods. In foods where taste may be compromised, they use glass instead.
5. Muir Glen
Muir Glen, on its website, states their products are stored in BPA-free and cans and jars. This company is best known for its tomato products.
Like other food companies, Bionaturae commits to BPA-free products as much as they can. Still, they cannot guarantee any that cross-contamination of BPA from the environment will not occur. The problem, their website states, is that facilities that make BPA-free cans also manufacture cans that contain BPA linings. Therefore, their cans may not be 100% free from BPA, although they would like them to be.
3. Keystone Meats
Keystone Meats is a small family-owned all-natural meat company. In 2019, the company committed to non-BPA packaging due to consumer requests. Its cans are also made of 100% recyclable aluminum.
2. Trader Joe’s
The most famous name on this list, Trader Joe’s, now provides a list of non-BPA foods on its website. They also prevent non-BPA food from coming into contact with foods in BPA containers. Their non-BPA product list is comprehensive, including that all of the plastic bottles, tubs, and containers at Trader’s Joe’s are non-BPA.
1. K9 Natural Foods
Let’s not forget our furry four-legged friends when it comes to BPA-free products. K9 Natural pet foods do not use any BPA in their cans or other products.
Despite BPA’s presence in many products, consumers can pressure companies to change their BPA stance by making inquiries and asking or change. Choosing non-BPA alternatives and keeping up-to-date on BPA research may help guide companies to change their safety standards.