Bisphenol A, more commonly referred to as BPA, is a compound regularly used in the production of plastics and cans. For several years now it has been well-documented that exposure to BPA in any amount is more than unhealthy to the human physicality. In fact, exposure to it has been linked to several problematic symptoms -impaired female reproductive elements, diabetes and prostate diseases to name a few. Despite this being the case, BPA can still be found in an abundance of canned foods, plastic food storage bags, water bottles and much more.
With the public becoming more and more aware of its effects, some organizations have taken the step or have at least flirted with the idea of removing BPA from their production processes. Until that transition fully kicks in, there are two things that you can do:
(1) Spread awareness of the truth to BPA (Either in direct communication, or by sharing articles such as this one)
(2) Look out for and make the choice to purchase BPA-Free products (they do exist)
Many food manufacturers, such as Eden Organic, pride themselves on selling popular canned foods -such as beans and chick peas -in cans that are BPA free (a fact that they blatantly publicize on the label of the item). Locating these products often doesn’t even require a natural or health food store, most of these products exist on your normal grocer’s shelf.
Now are these BPA-free products higher priced than their worse-to-consume alternative? At this point, yes. But that’s where taking the first step of spreading awareness becomes increasingly important. As much as I don’t like to play with the economic system, even basic economics tell you that as demand rises the price point of a product can shift. Meaning as more people make the choice to purchase BPA-free products, manufacturers such as Eden Organics won’t need to charge as much for their products to still be profitable. Mind you, the difference in price isn’t even that drastic!
To finish off this article on a lighter note, I figured I would share a simple and delicious recipe using BPA-Free chick peas.
Chick Pea Salad
– 1 Can of BPA Free Organic Chick Peas
– 1 Large Organic Tomato
– 1/2 cup of Chopped Red or White Onion
– Olive Oil
– A. Vogel Herbamare Seasoning Salt To Taste
– Garlic Powder To Taste
– Oregano To Taste
Have a BPA-Free recipe of your own, or possibly some other alternatives that you want to share? Be sure to post it as a comment below.
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