Doctor Oz spoke about the dangers of Obesogens found in our food supply, but he also spoke about Obesogens hidden in our pantries. Some of these I had already heard about on other episodes of Dr Oz, but it was a fabulous reminder if nothing else.
Hidden Obesogens in Your Home
1. BPA (Bisphenol A)
Dr Oz said that BPA is a synthetic estrogen found in many household products, which has been banned from baby bottles for a while now. However, if you are buying baby formula in cans, the lining of the cans are coated with BPA… so you are taking BPA enriched baby formula and putting it into BPA-free baby bottles. So please try to avoid baby formula in cans. Also, cut back on canned foods, especially for acidic foods (like tomatoes) or fatty foods. Tuna and salmon which you used to only find in cans, is now available in pouches. In addition, boiling water leeches out the BPA 50 times faster than cold water, so avoid putting boiling water in plastic containers that may contain BPA. If you look at the bottom of a plastic container and it has a triangle with either a 3 or 7 inside of it, then Dr Oz said that it is highly likely that it contains BPA. If the triangle has a 1,2,4,5 or 6 in it, then it is unlikely to have BPA. As a general rule of thumb, do not plastic containers in the microwave, use glass containers instead.
2. PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid)
Dr Oz said that PFOA or Perfluorooctanoic Acid is often found in the lining of nonstick pans, microwave popcorn bags or pizza boxes. PFOA can impact your thyroid gland, which controls your weight via your hormones. So pop popcorn on the stove-top like how grandma used to do it, and avoid nonstick pans. However, if you are going to use a Teflon pan, make sure to use a wooden spoon instead of a metal utensil, otherwise you can actually scrape off pieces of the PFOA into your food.
3. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
Dr Oz said that PVC or polyvinyl chloride (a fancy name for what we call vinyl) gives off phthalates which lower testosterone and make your body burn fat less efficiently. So if you have vinyl shower curtains, you are basically bathing yourself in PVC. Instead, look for hemp or polyester shower curtains. Also, phthalates are found in the industrial plastic wrap used in grocery stores to wrap up packages of meat. Instead, go to the butcher and pick out what you like from behind the case and have them wrap it in their brown paper. Interestingly enough, the saran wrap used in homes does not contain the same phthalates is supposed to be safe. Different home fragrances or air fresheners also carry phthalates, so be careful!