1. Acetone is a strong solvent, the main or only ingredient in nail polish remover.
2. Phenol, also known as carbolic acid, is an antiseptic and a caustic poison. During World War II, the Nazis used phenol injections for rapid executions in concentration camps.
3. Hydrochloric acid, or muriatic acid, is a strong corrosive mineral acid frequently used to clean mineral deposits in swimming pools.
Yikes! Are these any products that you want anywhere near your food? Probably not anywhere near your body.
BPA = Acetone + Phenol + Hydrochloric Acid
The most important thing to remember is that BPA is an important ingredient in hard, see-through plastics and some resins. BPA is used to make plastic baby bottles, plastic cutlery, dishes, bowls, the lining in food and beverage cans, dental sealants, and many other products. Most products that contain BPA have a 7 or 3 on the bottom. All this information and more can be found at Wikipedia.
Since Canada officially announced it considers BPA a toxic substance and banned its use in baby bottles on April 18, 2008, more information about the toxicity of plastics is being more widely spread. During this announcement by Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement, the lining in baby formulas cans was also mentioned. As we all know, it is not only formula cans that contain a lining.
Most food in tin cans contains a lining, and testing shows that food in tin cans has higher levels of BPA than even baby bottles or plastic bottles. For the complete article with this information from Globe and Mail, read here.
How do I avoid it?
To avoid ingesting BPA avoid canned foods and eat fresh products, as much as possible. Purchase products in glass containers. Store your food in glass or stainless steel containers and use glass baby bottles. Avoid plastic water bottles by using stainless steel water bottles that are also reusable.
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