Chemicals in bottles, tupperware, and cans can cause reproductive problems, so opt for these products instead.
Brittany Smith and MEN'S FITNESS Editors 1 / 6
Bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical found in loads of plastic products, has been shown to cause reproductive problems in lab animals—one study concluded that male rats had decreased sperm count after exposure to even small amounts of BPA.
But just choosing “BPA-free” products isn’t enough to steer clear of the vile stuff: A new study conducted by six nonprofit organizations revealed that 67% of 200 canned products had high levels of BPA.
To lower your exposure to BPA and its evil cousins, phthalates, opt for fresh, unpackaged food and store food in/drink out of glass (like Lifefactory’s glass bottle with medical-grade silicone sheath (lifefactory.com) whenever possible. We've also pointed out 5 companies that use BPA-free cans so you can rest assured your swimmers will be just fine.
Since April of 1999, EDEN (edenfoods.com) has been packing their beans in custom-made cans lined with a type of enamel—a mixture of oil and resin extracted from plants such as pine or balsam fir—that doesn't contain BPA. The market doesn't have many suitable options for high-acidic foods like tomatoes, so EDEN packages them in amber glass jars to avoid BPA.
Whole Foods 365 (wholefoodsmarket.com) is Whole Foods' eco-minded chain featuring natural and organic grocery items, housewares, and other products. Currently, Whole Foods 365 has a “Non-BPA Lining” call out on the front of specific products, some of which include: 365 Everyday Value Organic Black Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Navy Beans, Whole Peeled Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Peach Slices, and Cheese Ravioli.
Polycarbonate plastic is still used in some aluminum can linings in their stores; but Whole Foods 365 is working with canned food suppliers to transition away from using linings with BPA. If you're looking for a certain product, you can email their global team at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify if it's BPA-free. Whole Foods 365 also has "tetra pack boxes" that are BPA-free; check with your local store if they carry these options.
Edward & Sons (edwardandsons.com) uses cans with no detectable levels of BPA and performs independent tests to validate these claims. Here are just some of their BPA-free (verified by testing) cans from their inventory: Organic Coconut Milk (Classic, Light and Simple & 96oz), Organic Coconut Water, Organic Pineapple (all varieties), Organic Tropical Fruits (Mango, Papaya Chunks and Tropical Fruit Salad), Organic Mandarin Oranges, Organic Peaches, Organic Baby Corn, and Organic Okra.
All metal lids on glass jars have a layer of BPA coating, but there's a coating of another material on top of the BPA, so the BPA is never in direct contact with the food, according to Trader Joe's' site. Test results from multiple suppliers show there isn't any BPA detected from metal lids.
If you're looking for buy canned fish, Wild Planet (wildplanetfoods.com) is a good choice. The company has implemented BPA-free packaging for its 5 oz. skipjack tuna and its 5 oz. Albacore tuna products. The company won't make the claim their cans are 100% BPA-free since no one can really ensure that. They can, however, accurately make the claim of “No BPA used in can lining” since it's the most reduced BPA content available in the market.