Eat Fresh To Preserve Fertility

Cut out packaged foods from your diet and you may be able to reduce the levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in your body.

Originally created as a synthetic estrogen, BPA was adopted by the chemical industry when it was discovered that it could make plastic light, clear, and shatterproof.

Now it can be found in the lining of tin cans, plastic lunch boxes, plastic water bottles, baby bottles, mobile phones, DVDs, and thousands of other products.

BPA has been linked to male infertility and has also been associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, chromosome abnormalities in the egg, and miscarriage among women.

It has also been associated with a host of medical problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer.

If you substitute fresh foods with limited packaging for 3 days, you can significantly limit your exposure to BPAs, according to the results of a new study.

Researchers at the Silent Spring Institute and Breast Cancer Fund selected 20 participants in 5 families who said they frequently used canned and packaged foods.

The participants ate their usual diet, followed by 3 days of fresh foods that were not canned or packaged in plastic, and then returned to their usual diet.

The fresh-food diet led to an average drop of 66% in BPA levels and a 76% reduction among those with the highest BPA levels, the researchers report in the March 30 online version of Environmental Health Perspectives.

There are a number of small, preliminary studies on the effects of BPA on fertility, but it will take many years, decades even, to firm up this connection.

In the meantime, to protect your reproductive health, it’s probably prudent to limit your environmental exposure to BPA:

— Install a filter in your home to ensure your water supply is free of BPA.

— Don’t drink out of plastic containers or cans.

–Store food in glass, not plastic, containers and avoid microwaving food in plastic containers.

–Avoid eating packaged foods whenever possible.

The Breast Cancer Fund suggests that you avoid canned foods that are acidic, salty, or fatty because BPA is more likely to leach from can linings into these kinds of foods.

The Fund has created a wallet-size card that notes 10 Canned Foods to Avoid to Reduce BPA Exposure.

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