I am worried about BPA, so much is unknown and other countries and cities have banned it. I use glass bottles and food starage containers and I switched from a plastic water bottle to a stainless one. I read in Consumer Reports that BPA can leach from the lining into the food so now I try not to use as many canned foods although it's hard with tomatoes and beans....
01/21/2010 - 9:16pm
Buy dried beans and cook-up a batch to use later. Not only are dried varieties less expensive, they're just as handy pulled right out of the freezer (or thawed for some recipes) and don't have all the added sodium of canned beans. I've been using the EatingWell recipe for beans that I found on this site!
01/22/2010 - 11:29am
What on earth did people do before plastics happened? Why are we so happy to accept "convenience" over what may be our health?
Maybe the healthiest way to go is with glass which can be sterilized and sometimes re-used. I buy my beans dried and can them myself. Tomatoes, also. If I use plastic for freezing, it's the hard stuff that is made for that (though I have my doubts about it, freezing is most likely the best use of plastic).
I am thankful for the information this site is putting out. Information and education is everything. We are blessed to have this in our country.
02/15/2010 - 5:40pm
BPA not only should be a major concern for kids but it should be for the average adult. I've been doing personal research on BPA and it is showing clear signs that it could be the cooperate for many of our increasing cancers of the world. It has to do with the DNA triggers. Also these changes can be passed down 3 generations. And a bunch of other stuff. (Not going to type my thesis paper on here) So next time you look at plastic or do anything unhealthy to yourself not only you have to think about your own health but the health of Child, grandchild, and great grandchild that you pass on. That's why taking responsibility of being healthy is so important.
Personally I call the product companies 1800, of the products I use and ask them really nicely not to use BPA in there products. It just takes a min. to do so. Some products surprisingly are starting to take out the chemical b/c via request of consumers. :) Now only if we can ask companies to make Affordable natural ingredients in the products and leave out all the sugar/ sweeteners, msg's, chemicals, dies, and " chemical preservatives." We will be set. :)
02/20/2010 - 2:03pm
I enjoyed your article and have been concerned about BPAs after reading all about it in Nutrition Action a couple of years ago. I now microwave in glass containers now. I use plastics for storage, but I wait for the food to cool before putting it in plastic. Thank you for all the good tips which I intend to incorporate.
03/04/2010 - 11:05pm
We use glass or wood whenever we can. Our 1-year old daughter has stainless steel sippy cups (Safe Sippy), and whenever she drinks breastmilk from a bottle it's out of glass (Dr. Brown's). I bought a case of 8-oz Ball jars, and use those to serve her food that I make myself. They're so handy because if she doesn't finish her sweet potatoes or yogurt, I just put the lid on and save it for later! Also, instead of buying plastic dishware, I serve her food in a small wooden salad bowl. Although I know it comes in handy for a lot of things, I just don't like the feel or smell of plastic, especially for eating or drinking.