If you are trying to live a greener, simpler life, you are probably already avoiding packaged food. In general, I avoid over packaged food because of the amount of garbage it is adding to our landfills or energy used to recycle. Sometimes I make an exception for seaweed snacks or Trader Joe’s (yes, I am a hypocrite), but extra garbage or recycling is not the only reason to avoid food packaging. According to a new study, food packaging is a major source of human exposure to the toxic chemicals BPA and DEHP.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been all over the news for years, and many families avoid BPA containing plastics; however, even those can leach hormone disrupting chemicals into our food and drink. Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) is a plasticizer commonly used in the production of PVC and is the “most important” phthalate. Both chemicals are considered safe by the US government, although BPA is being investigated. Despite governmental assurances, these are chemicals of concern commonly found in food packaging.