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Bisphenol A – why and how to minimize exposure

Bisphenol A (BPA) – you’ve probably heard of it if you’ve been paying attention – is ubiquitous and nasty:

  • It’s one of the most manufactured products in the world
  • It shows up it all kinds of food containers (not just the clear water bottles that some manufacturers are promising not to use BPA anymore in)
  • It’s absorbable from receipt paper
  • And it’s even found in water systems. (Mutant frogs are the real life 3-eyed fish.)

Alarms about it were finally heard in the media in 2008, the governments of the world started to admit that it was nasty in 2010, and some bans on some products were instituted.

So why write about it now? It’s everywhere so either we’re all equally screwed or we’re not, what else is there to do?

As it turns out, there is a lot more that can be done, with regards to BPA specifically and food safety in general. Yes, BPA is everywhere, but there are things you can do to minimize your exposure to it. That will be covered in this post. More generally, what is or isn’t a safety concern? How can we tell which expert to trust? That’s a much larger topic which will have to be covered in several posts, but I will start in this post by showing what I did (and you can too) to gauge scientific consensus about BPA.

Bisphenol A

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