When it comes to the purchasing of baby food storage containers in which parents can then place meals they make for their children. They need to be careful as to which items they purchase; there are some which are made using certain chemicals namely Bisphenol A which can prove very detrimental to their child’s health. So it is vital that they instead purchase ones that are made free from BPA.
In this article we take a look at why it is worth considering investing money in good quality BPA free baby food storage containers.
BPA or Bisphenol A is an organic compound from two phenol functional groups and is an important ingredient in the creation of certain plastics. In fact it is a crucial element in the creation of polycarbonate from which many of the plastic products we use in our daily lives are made.
However, although it has been suspected since the 1930’s that BPA is hazardous to our health concerns over its use in products we buy has only recently been reported in the media. The main reason is that in 2008 several governments produced reports that questioned the safety of this and as a result a few but not all retailers chose to remove products containing BPA from their shelves.
What you need to understand is Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor and can copy your body’s own hormones. As a result this can lead to some adverse health effects to a person should they be exposed for any length of time. In fact studies are now showing that during a child’s early years they are considerably more sensitive to the effects that BPA can have on their health.
In one study carried out this year (2009) the research team took urinary samples from several 2 year old children. They found that as these children had been exposed to BPA before birth it seemed to cause some behavioural problems in the children especially girls when they reached the age of 2.
Whilst in another study carried out where parents had chosen to feed their babies formula in a traditional baby bottle rather than one made free of BPA were consuming as much as 13 micrograms of BPA per kilogram of their body weight each day.
So therefore any parents which to avoid the harmful effects from being exposed to BPA should make sure that they don’t use baby food storage containers that are made from them. The quickest way of identifying whether the container you are currently using to store baby food is by looking at the baby. Here you will find a triangle stamped and inside this will be a number. Should the number be a “7” then immediately get rid of these as these unfortunately do contain BPA within them.
For those parents who are looking for BPA free baby food storage containers there are a number of companies who now offer such products. It is worth considering purchasing from the likes of Petite Creations, Sassy, Beaba, Thinkbaby and Rubbermaid.