What does BPA Free Mean?

When any packaging indicates that the product is BPA Free it means that it is Bisphenol A free . This chemical compound present in plastics poses health risks, especially for babies. 

In this article we will explain the main consequences of indirect consumption of Bisphenol A and how to identify plastics with bisphenol and BPA Free. In addition, we have also gathered important information about ANVISA recommendations , microwave heating and the correct choice of bottle.

What is Bisphenol A?

Bisphenol A is a raw material used in the production of most plastics . You can find BPA in disposable cups, kitchen pots, appliances, DVDs and plastic items in general.

Its chemical structure makes it act as an endocrine disruptor , causing several biological changes in the body , as we will see in the next topic.

Consequences and risks of Bisphenol A

Research on the consequences of BPA in the body has shown that it works by causing various endocrine disorders. Among the possible complications are: female and male infertility, tumors such as breast and prostate cancer, as well as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Many studies are still ongoing in different countries around the use of bisphenol in food packaging. Therefore, many news about this case are still to come in the next few years and it must be recognized that we still don’t know about all the possible harms of BPA.

How do you know if plastic releases bisphenol?

One of the easiest ways is to always look for “BPA Free” on the label . In the absence of this information it is possible that the plastic contains bisphenol and risk is not recommended.

It is also possible to verify by the recycling seal . If it has the number 3 or 7 it is because there may be the substance in its composition.

Can plastic go in the microwave?

The release of bisphenol occurs just as the material is heated . Therefore, when you are unsure of the composition of the container, avoid taking it in the microwave or storing hot food in it.

Plastic pots and plates with BPA Free can be heated without any problems. However, it is best to always avoid plastic, so prefer glass or ceramic pots and dishes .

baby bottles

In 2011 ANVISA banned the manufacture and import of baby bottles with bisphenol . For the greatest risk to babies up to 12 months, all bottles should be BPA Free.

Some brands of BPA Free baby bottles, which do not contain bisphenol: Kuka, Lillo, Nuk, Philips Avent and Mam .

Some BPA Free baby bottle deals today:

ANVISA recommendations

In Brazil, Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) allows the use of BPA within the limit of 0.6mg for each kilo of packaging. This would be the safety margin to be adopted by manufacturers.

In addition, as already mentioned, in 2011 the agency banned the production and import of baby bottles containing BPA. The main reason was to protect children from 0 to 12 months , however, other plastic utensils used by young children, such as cups, plates, cutlery and pacifiers, were excluded from the rule.

Tips to avoid BPA

  • Do not heat packages that are made of plastic;
  • Reduce canned consumption;
  • Keep an eye out for recycling symbols 3 (PVC) and 7 (PC) on packaging, as these may contain BPA;
  • Give preference to glass and ceramic pots and dishes;
  • Only use food containers that bear the BPA Free seal.

Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.

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