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What You Can Do to Avoid BPA
- Store and reheat food in glass containers.
- Drink from reusable water bottles made of glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic. If plastic is labeled with a “7” recycling code and not marked BPA-free, it could contain the chemical. (Unless labeled BPA-free, aluminum bottles may be lined with the compound.)
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- If you use plastic containers, choose BPA-free, don’t put them in the microwave and do hand wash them: a 2003 study found that plastic bottles released more BPA after they were cleaned in the dishwasher.
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- Opt for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables whenever possible. For things like tuna, beans, broth and diced tomatoes, look for BPA-free packaging. Consider making broth and cooking and freezing beans.
- Switch to a pour-over ceramic or glass coffee maker, such as Melitta or Chemex, as electric makers made of plastic can leach BPA.
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