Sunday, September 13, 2009

When 7 Is a Bad Number (A Post About BPA)

I've just been googling TheDrs. and... I knew that guy looked familiar! Of course, he was in The Bachelor (I've never watched - not one episode! really!- but I've seen loads of commercials). Anyway, it was actually Dr. Jim who caught my attention, not just because he's the pediatrician there, but because he's also the son of one of my heroes, Dr. William Sears.

One of the episodes I got to watch while I was in Bacolod (it takes a trip to Bacolod for me to get to watch the Lifestyle Network, lol - our cable provider doesn't include it, although we do have Discovery Travel and Living) had something to do with the immune system and the hazards that could attack it. That's how I learned about BPA (Bisphenol A - a compound that's been suspected of being hazardous to humans since the '30s). I've heard about BPA before, but I didn't really understand how that worked and which types of plastic to avoid. Anyway, Dr. Stork (The Bachelor guy) repeatedly reminded the audience to look out for the #7 at the bottom of plastic bottles (it's the one within the recycle symbol). If it's there, then the bottle would have been made with BPA. I don't think they mentioned about Type 3, but PVC bottles may also contain BPA. Anyway, I quickly found the plastic bottles we had with us. I was relieved to find that the baby products didn't contain BPA, but when I checked the two Lock & Lock bottles we used for drinking water, there was the #7. :(

The moral of this post, I suppose, is to look for the BPA indicator under your own stuff and just pick BPA-free plastic containers the next time you shop.

3 comments:

kAyE said...

after reading this i went to manic check ALL our bottles. thank God i found no #7!

btw, thanks for dropping by my blog to comment. link exchange? :)

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Kaye! Sure thing! Linking to you now. Thanks for dropping by. :) Btw, I think we're friends on MyLot.

czaroma said...

good info. I'm using lock&lock also, but the food containers. Hope that it doesn't have BPA. The product claims that it is safe for the human body. I am even planning to buy those bottles also... oh, well.

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