Two months ago the AAP released a policy statement warning about the dangers of food additives and child health. Some of you may have panicked and some of you may have thought this wasn’t new information. We landed somewhere in the middle. One of the main points the statement made was that placing these items in the microwave and the dishwasher can cause the chemicals to be leached out and into the food and drinks we’re storing in them. Some of the biggest offenders were nitrites that are used to cure meats (think bacon and hot dogs), BPA which is used to line most cans, phthalates used in plastics. The statement also called for action on the part of our government for tighter regulations on these chemicals so that we don’t have to be afraid of the food we put in our body and the products our food comes in/we store it in. Does this mean you should never eat bacon again? Or throw away everything in your kitchen made of plastic? Of course not! Here are some of the AAP’s recommendations along with our input:
Any reduction in exposure is good so don’t feel like you have to drive yourself crazy trying to avoid these things 100% of the time ! Maybe if you eat bacon everyday you can try to cut back to once on the weekend for a special breakfast with the family. If swapping out all plastic for glass or stainless steel isn’t an option then try hand washing those items. Sit down with your family and discuss what changes will be feasible for your family and of course consult your Registered Dietitian with any questions you may have.
Kayla Fitzgerald, RD LD
Registered Dietitian, Austinite, Mom with a 2-yr old, Dog lover