"Dr. RuthAnn Rudel answers: "Both Pthalates and BPA are likely present in those and we have concerns, as well, about the non-stick pots and pans. I recommend limiting pots and pans that are non-stick. If you must use one, wood is a good alternative for the utensils."
Question: "I prepared meals mostly from fresh produce and bulk grains and legumes. But I do use canned vegetables and coconut milk. Are there safer alternatives than cans?"
Dr. RuthAnn Rudel answers: "Glass is better; the lid may contain BPA but at least it is a smaller surface area and not in constant contact with the food. Tetra packs containing polyethylene might not have BPA but may have other disruptors that might be harmful. Many initiatives to encourage manufacturers to switch to alternative are out there. Probably we will see cans labelled BPA free in the near future."
Question: "How about coffee? I'm from Seattle and coffee consumption is a HUGE concern. Can we still have our Starbucks while maintaining a low input of BPA?"
Dr. RuthAnn Rudel answers: "When looking for a coffee shop, check that most parts are stainless steel or glass. Plastic liners and tubing could be sources of BPA. Your best bet is a French press."
Question: What message and actions would you most like readers of this article to take away?
Dr. RuthAnn Rudel answers: "On a personal level, five or six simple changes can substantially lower your exposure to BPA and phthalates. On a regulatory level, eliminate BPA and phthalates from food packaging to reduce everyone's exposure and mandate that substitute chemicals be tested for safety. As a society, advocate for better safety evaluation before use, especially food packaging and kids toys."
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