If you're headed back to school or are using the start of Fall as a way to get back on the healthy train after a Summer of burgers and ice cream, you'll need a way to pack all those perfectly-portioned lunches and snacks from home. If you're nervous about BPA, which has been linked to all sorts of health issues, you can feel good picking up these reusable BPA-free containers.
Judging by all the drinking going on, it must have been muggy in New York this week. Can you guess which stars kept it healthy as they beat the NYC heat?
Last year I told you about a Consumer Reports study, which detected bisphenol A (BPA) in the inner lining of most canned goods. And while the FDA has yet to ban the use of BPA in food packaging, it did announce earlier this year that the industrial chemical may pose some concern. As a result, the government agency is investing $30 million into a more comprehensive study on the effects BPA has on infants and adults.
In the meantime, those of you who are worried about your exposure should make sure your to-go containers and water bottles are BPA-free. Unfortunately, most canned goods are still made using BPA. In these instances it might be best to seek out foods packaged in glass, paper, or freezer bags. As I said earlier, most canned goods are made with BPA, but not all of them! The eco-conscious folks at Treehugger were kind enough to round up a list of seven companies making BPA-free canned goods.
- Eden Organic canned beans, grains, and chilis
- Vital Choice Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) cerified salmon, albacore tuna, sardines, and mackerel
- Oregon's Choice MSC certified albacore
- Eco Fish albacore tuna
- Wild Planet skipjack and albacore tunas
- Trader Joe's canned corn, canned beans, canned fish, canned poultry, and canned beef
- Edward & Sons Native Forest and Nature Factor goods of fruits, vegetables, chutneys, and coconut milk
Ever since the BPA/Nalgene scare of 2008 — in which we learned that bisphenol A could cause all sorts of health problems — manufacturers have been churning out BPA-free plastic water bottles and baby products. Now, BPA-free food storage is also becoming easier to find.
Since we know that bringing your lunch to work is a healthy habit, make it even healthier by packing food in BPA-free plastic containers. I love these fittingly green food storage containers from Preserve made from 100 percent recycled plastic. Buy two square containers for $5.99, a large round one for $2.99, or the smaller version for $2.79. Rubbermaid also has an extensive collection of BPA-free containers to help you go green.