Throw out the sippy Cups!!!!

Katherine - posted on 03/07/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




Re-posted from cafemom

Just when I've banished every last bit of BPA-containing plastic from our home because of the chemicals it seeps into our food and drink, it seems all the replacements are bad too. That's right, a new study says all those BPA-free products I thought I was so healthy buying are still leaking chemicals that act like estrogen. In fact, they may even leak more chemicals than the regular plastic products that contain BPA, the ones I just threw out!

The good news is no one knows if these chemicals are harmful. The bad news as a mom to a toddler is that they could be, and from snack containers to bento boxes to sippy cups, my kids are consuming out of plastic regularly. With BPA-free products, I thought we were okay, but now we're right back where we started when I first became petrified of plastic.

In testing more than 450 plastic products, researchers found 70 percent of them released estrogen-like chemicals. That was before they exposed them to heat, like most plastic products are exposed to through things like the dishwasher or microwave. Once researchers did that, then 95 percent of the products emitted the chemicals.

So what of the remaining 5 percent? That, says researchers, is the good news -- that plastic can be produced that doesn't leak the chemical. They just don't know how yet.

So what's a mom to do in the meantime -- risk series of stitches and switch to glass? There's stainless steel, but once I throw out all the new plastic, they'll probably find something wrong with that too. Also, we may be worrying about nothing as things like wine and vegetables also release these chemicals, according to scientists.

"Regulatory agencies need to study the effect of chemicals leaching out of plastic," said Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group. Yes, it would be nice if they'd get on that so I don't have to wince in fear every time I pack my kids' lunches. In the meantime, they say to avoid exposing any plastic to extreme heat and throw out those pieces that are scratched and worn.

Do you use plastic products for food and drink? Will you change that based on this new study?


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Amy - posted on 03/07/2011




I agree with teresa everything is going to kill us eventually! What is good for us today we will soon discover in the future that it actually harms us. My philosophy is to live life and enjoy it!

Bonnie - posted on 03/07/2011




That is exactly what I was going to say Teresa. With everything we do or at every day there is something that is not good for us.

Kate CP - posted on 03/07/2011




I think I've given up on trying to cut down on the's impossible to get rid of everything. :/

Katherine - posted on 03/07/2011




I know!!! Everything I have is plastic. Now I have to chuck that.

Krista - posted on 03/07/2011




Plastic is so darned hard to avoid -- it's in everything. Here in Canada, it's been banned from baby bottles and from jars containing baby food. But other than that, it's still everywhere. I just try to limit it as much as I can, avoid exposing it to extreme heat, and use stainless steel sippies for anything that my son tends to drink slowly, like water. (He chugs his milk down about 5 seconds after it gets poured in the sippy, so I doubt it's in there long enough to get much in the way of exposure to BPAs.)

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