I love making healthy choices for my kids, I believe that we are what we eat. Thinking on that level, I have been examining our kids, specifically, kids water bottles.
As parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or friends we look at our youth and try to make the best choices for them based on our collected information. We all know that keeping our youth hydrated is a big part of keeping them healthy. If the bottles we use to keep them hydrated have BPA, are we making the right choice? Reading this article will help you get a bit more informed.
WHAT IS BPA?
BPA is a chemical that is found in many plastic as well as the lining of many cans.
This chemical mimics estrogen, in studies it has been shown to increase breast cancer cells and decrease sperm in adults.
Who is affected the most by BPA?
In studies done to ages 0-85, the age group that had the most BPA in their bodies was ages 0-6. Their tiny bodies are not able to metabolize the chemical as quickly as other ages. The other group that had high levels were pregnant women, also having difficulties metabolizing this chemical through their bodies.
A quick history, BPA was invented in 1891. By 1930 there was evidence that BPA might be toxic. It was actually used as a pharmaceutical hormone at that time and was later replaced by DES, (which later was taken off the market for being too toxic)
The battle has been on going but made a significant head way on April 18th, 2008 when Canada declared BPA a "dangerous Substance". Quickly following were American companies such as Playtex and Nalgene. These companies declared they would start to put out BPA-FREE products in support of people concerned with BPA. [Timeline: BPA from Invention to Phase-Out | Environmental Working Group]
Nalgene is one of the main companies that produces kids water bottles BPA-Free. In or around March 2008 "Nalgene introduced a line of bottles made from a relatively new plastic from the Eastman Chemical Company, Tritan copolyester, that shares most of polycarbonate properties, including shatter-resistance, but is made without the chemical." [Bottle Maker to Stop Using Plastic Linked to Health Concerns – New York Times]
Are all metal kids water bottles BPA-FREE?
There are other types of water bottles out there, some of them are made from metals, which in my opinion in the hands of a kid could have resulted in hurting them selves or others especially when a temper tantrum is in play.
What ever your choice for your kids water bottles please make sure that it states BPA-FREE. Often people will buy metal water bottles for their children thinking they must be BPA-FREE. Chances are if it does not state it, there is a plastic BPA lining on the inside of the bottle so really that container is not BPA-FREE.
Which kids water bottles BPA-Free are recommended?
I have tried a few kids water bottles, the Sigg water bottle I found to have a nice bottle, after a few time of dropping it and getting dents, I had to replace it. I also found it was trying during the above mentioned temper tantrum.
The Tritan Nalgene Grip n 'Grab was my number one choice, it was shaped for the smaller hand, it did not spill or dent, I could see through it and my kids loved the colors. Each one has their own very color. The bottle is not too babyish and continues to grow with my children. I also loved that it is easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Over all this bottle saved me a lot of time on clean up.
There are various counters to the toxic toxic levels of BPA in humans, but because risk your child's health or that of an unborn child when you could just change out your kids water bottles today and protect you and your family. To me it is just that simple, why risk it if you do not have to.