As parents, we tend to have increased concern around potential toxic products and elements that could affect our children. As convenient as plastic may be for its lightweight, reusable qualities, you may have heard buzz around the chemical component BPA, otherwise referred to as bisphenol A, which is present in some polycarbonate plastic and whose purpose is to make plastics hard and to prevent bacteria growth. It’s also found in food cans and is used to protect the food against corrosion of the metal cans. We are happy to be discovering more and more modern products that are now BPA-free, but there are other elements in plastic manufacturing that may interfere with hormone balance and cause other potential risks to our health.
While many of these products are currently approved by the FDA, there are some concerns over possible harmful effects on humans, especially children and babies, specifically effects on the endocrine system, when exposed to products that contain these chemicals that mimic estrogen. And as if that weren’t enough cause for pause, these may also cause intestinal issues and more potentially dangerous effects. The FDA has stated that further research is taking place to ensure that standards are healthy for humans, including children, but some of us would like to be sure sooner rather than later.
In case you’re one of those parents who would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to potential leaching of chemicals into your children’s food, there are ways to avoid these pernicious ingredients in the products you use: steer clear of plastic bottles; babies, glass or metal bottles are safest.
As an alternative, why not try our thermal stainless steel baby bottle, which contains no chemicals and is convenient and adorable, to boot!
Not all alternative bottles are created equal, so be sure to do a little research before you make major purchases or changes to your routine. Some industry leaders are conducting extensive testing with new plastics which contain none of these chemicals, but for some parents, staying away from plastic altogether is the way to go. In that case, be aware that avoiding plastic means looking at lids, straws, and other items that you use to serve food and beverages to your child.
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