Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Whole Box and Dice

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Whole Box and Dice

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Vani Naidoo

What is BPA

Bisphenol A, often known as BPA is an industrial chemical found in hard plastics and the coatings of food and drink cans, which can behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body.

BPA is used to make many products, including water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment. BPA can also be found in epoxy resins, which are used as coatings inside food and drinks cans.

It is an endocrine disruptor, which means it's a substance which interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can imitate our body's own hormones in a way that could be hazardous for health. Babies and young children are said to be especially sensitive to the effects of BPA.

Studies have linked the chemical to reproductive disorders, impotence, heart disease, breast cancer, Type 2 diabetes and the loss of memory.

FOOD storage containers are one of those kitchen essentials that are difficult to live without, whether you need something to put that half-used packet of pasta in or a way to preserve those leftovers in the fridge.

We have a cupboard full of them at our house, mostly without lids of course, and odds are you do too.

Earl Silas Tupper, who launched the Tupperware company in 1938, is credited with creating plastic food-storage containers for home use. Today Tupperware is just one player in the plastic container market, with numerous manufacturers producing them in seemingly endless configurations.

Try the BPA-free DA[c]cor range, from $2.95, from Woolworths and Coles or LocknLock range from $3.25, stockists at 1300 762 733.

While plastic containers remain most popular because of their price, ease of use and their hardy nature, there has been a concerted push to ensure the containers you choose are made without PVC, polystyrene foam and polycarbonates. …

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