Last month, the EWG announced the launch of its new database of 16,000 drinks and foods packaged in materials that likely contain BPA––using information from the very companies that manufacture and sell these products. Simply type in a product name or click on a letter of the alphabet to learn which may be leaching this hormone disruptor into your food. And it's not just canned goods that are on the list—BPA is still used in the linings and lids of some glass jars of pickles, jellies, salsa, baby food, and more; along with many coffee cans, cooking oil tins, soda cans, and beer kegs.
The good news is that the EWG's larger Food Scores database (also available as an app) of more than 80,000 food products allows you to search for products with BPA-free packaging. The database also rates all products on a scale from 1 to 10 based on three strict health-related standards: nutrition, ingredient concerns (including toxins in packaging), and processing concerns. The lower the number, the better.
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In general, though, due to the countless potentially dangerous chemicals lurking in packaged foods—not just BPA—it's a good idea to focus on real, whole foods whenever possible and to store your leftovers in glass or stainless steel containers.
This article was originally published by our partners at Eat Clean.