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Fresh Foods Can Lower BPA Levels

The chemical BPA (bisphenol A) is in plastic food storage containers, the liners of metal food cans, water bottles and toys. Exposure has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, obesity and more. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 93 percent of all Americans have detectable levels of this ubiquitous chemical in our bodies.

The latest on the BPA front comes from a small study in California involving only five families. Before the study, all had habitually eaten meals prepared outside the home, including canned foods and sodas and frozen dinners. They all microwaved foods in plastic containers. For the study, the families switched to a diet of fresh organic meals and snacks delivered by a caterer and stored in glass and stainless steel containers. Urine samples taken at the study's beginning and end showed that BPA levels dropped by more than 60 percent, on average, in only three days. The findings were published in a report from the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute, a breast cancer research group.

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Reader Comments (2)

Dr. Weil. 20 years ago I had my thyroid removed. I'm 47 years old. I'm currently weight 126 lbs and 5 feet 3 inches. I'm trying to find a diet which specifically suitable for Hypothyrodism people like me. Can you please advise? Thank you.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterviolet

Dr. Oz had a TV segment about this chemical in plastics. He showed a way of checking the bottom of plastic containers for numbers and emblems to see if they were safe or not. Do you have any information for us that will show us how to check both plastic containers and cans to see if they are safe before we purchase or use them? Thank you.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline R.
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