Saturday, October 10, 2009

breakfast & the BPA controversy :: a summer of enlightenment

The BPA Controversy

You may have seen the label BPA-free advertised on various plastic products. Every time I see one of these labels, it makes me smile because I spent a whole summer doing research on BPA and polycarbonate plastic bottles.
 bpa free bottle
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic. Adverse effects (carcinogenic effects, neurotoxic effects-especially on the developing brain, obesity-related effects) have been observed in animals exposed to a level of BPA similar to human levels of exposure. We found that BPA migrates from polycarbonate bottles into the water they contain at a bioactive level or level where it could have estrogenic  or endocrine disrupting activity.
pipet queen
[this is what my summer pretty much looked like]
On April 18, 2008, Nalgene officially announced that they were going to begin phasing out bottles containing BPA. This was amazing to me because in 2005, they claimed that BPA had no harmful effects and refused to change the composition of their bottles. While they still claim their bottles are safe, Nalgene said the reason for the change was consumer demand, meaning that people like you and I had an impact on the decision! I think it’s a great example of  how it’s sometimes necessary to question the safety of a product, even when the FDA declares it safe. Consumer responsibility!
my neatly labeled bottles
[polycarbonate bottles in the middle and far right rows…look familiar?]
In honor of Nalgene’s recent choice to go BPA-free and in celebration of consumers who make a difference, I will be giving away a Nalgene 32 oz BPA-free bottle. This particular bottle supports filterforgood.com, which encourages the use of filtered water in reusable water bottles to save on landfill waste.
nalgene from nalgene
Two ways to win [you know the drill]:
  • Comment in response to this post. I’d love to hear any nutrition questions you might have!
  • Earn an extra brownie point by mentioning the giveaway on your blog, and link back to this post. Then, let me know you did so when you comment.
Deadline is Friday, March 6th at midnight (EST).
Happy Commenting!

79 comments:

  1. I can't think of any nutrition questions right now, but if I do think of one, I'll hit you up for sure!

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  2. Pumpkin oats are my favorite! Seriously I am addicted :)

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  3. Gorgeous mug from thrifting!!

    Nutrition question.... hmm..... how about..... what's your favorite food source of vitamin B??

    Haha :-D

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  4. the oats look great girlie, and I love the mug!

    Im gonna link your contest on my blog. Hope your having a great Sunday!

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  5. Hey! thanks for your message! I am now following your blog, but did you know you could add a "Following" Gadget to your blog page? It's basically a shortcut, so if a reader likes it, its quick to do this! I have it on my blog if you need an example! I am excited to learn how to blog from you, hope to talk with you soon :)

    Jenny

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  6. Whoa, that's cool that you researched BPA effects. I'd heard about BPA leaching out and affecting estrogen levels--does that mean it has different consequences for men and women?
    Happy Sunday, Emily!

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  7. great giveaway!
    nutritional question: Is there any health problem if we get too much vitamin A? because I love pumpkin/squash and I eat them a lot. But I notice that my palms get an orange/yellow tint.

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  8. What a great idea for the pumpkin butter! And of course I'd love to be added to the give away! -e

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  9. I purchased my first Nalgene bottle in 2002. Do you know how I can tell if it contains BPA? Or should I just assume that all pre-2009 bottles contain BPA? In any case, I would love to win a new bottle! Thanks!

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  10. i got a nalgene bottle as a christmas present once...but then I left it in a lecture theatre and I never saw it again :(

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  11. delicious bowl of oats as always girlie

    thanks for all of that information!

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  12. I found your blog through mica, and it's in my reader now. I love to know healthy foods people have found.
    I've been having oats, almond butter, and banana fir breakfast. Is there anything else super healthy I should add in?

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  13. Ah, I thought it was so cool when I realized all the bottles we were using in the labs were Nalgenes...then I thought it was weird that I was drinking out of the same thing we used chemicals with. Well...not in the same bottle, but you know what I mean.

    Nice giveaway, and those muffins look so apple-filled, that's awesome!

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  14. oooh, I could totatlly use a new h2o bottle - I have only one and I wash it far too irregularly! I linked back to your contest from my dinner post too.

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  15. wow, i didn't know that nalgene was changing! that's great :) I'd love a good water bottle.

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  16. Thanks for alerting me to the contest! I am all about BPA-free :o) I will be sure to link back to you on my next post!

    Those cookies look amazing!

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  17. I'd love to win a BPA free bottle! Great giveaway!

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  18. I've linked your giveaway to my blog also.

    http://johnstonesvinblanc.blogspot.com/2009/02/buffalo-chicken-style-meatball.html

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  19. ooh, can't hurt to have BPA free bottles! i need to find some for my bike...

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  20. I can never get enough of those nalgenes. I'm slowly making the transition to BPA-free just for precaution, so I would love to have a new one! They are the best and I take mine everywhere to keep me drinking on the go. I will also make a post asap to link to your site.

    -Kristen

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  21. Just posted about it here - http://www.thesaladgirl.com/2009/03/02/new-breakfast-wheat-oat-bran/

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  22. i've linked back ;]

    http://blueskyworld.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/check-this-out/

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  23. Awesome! I love feeling I've had an impact. :)

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  24. woo hoo! I wanted a BPA free bottle for Christmas and never got one!

    I'm about to post right now and I'm linking back to you! :)

    Can't wait to read more of your blog!

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  25. Cool! I live in Arizona, and it's starting to really heat up. I always have to have a water bottle with me!

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  26. Ooh such a great giveaway! I was obsessed with my Nalgene until I found out about how unhealthy it is. I've been saddened ever since and have not yet found a replacement.

    I need to get a roommate who will make me cookies... :D

    - Sagan

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  27. Mmm yummy oats! I like pumpkin + banana together too... fantastic texture.

    No nutrition questions right now, but I'll keep a-thinking. I linked back to this page on my blog!

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  28. sign me up! i would love to win this!

    -leslie
    lovejackson.blogspot.com

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  29. Great giveaway!
    nutritional question: Ideas for adding more vegetables into meals/snacks?

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  30. Wow, thanks for all this info about BPA! I LOVE my nalgenes but I think it's time I made the transition to BPA-free ones. I'd love to win this challenge. Thanks for your awesome blog!

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  31. I don't have any nutrition questions... just an unhealthy obsession with Nalgene bottles!! All the ones I have are old though so I haven't been using them. This would be awesome!

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  32. Question: In relation with water bottels I go back and forth becasue they can be less sanitary. what is your best advice for washing them, especially ebing a college student water bottels are ideal, bigger the better for me bc I drink so much, but whats your best cleaning advice for reusable bottels?

    and I hope you have a good idea, bc I really would love to win. I need a bottle, I am gonna probably buy one if I dont win anyways lol <3

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  33. I am new to this site and I'm excited to keep reading :-) Love the new thrifty mug!!

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  34. I am a field biologist so my water bottles take a huge beating! I could def use a new one.(especially because the 2 that I use are Nalgenes from circa 2003!! There is no way that these suckers are BPA-free!)

    By the way...what is pumpkin butter?

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  35. What a great giveaway! Thanks for all the good history.

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  36. What a great giveaway!

    Nutrition question: I've heard that vitamins in pill form do not do the same things for you as when you get them in your food. So should I ditch the vitamins?

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  37. You are so cute! I love your blog!

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  38. I just discovered your blog and have bookmarked it. Thank you for the contest. No nutrition question for now.

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  39. What a wonderful idea for a contest! Thanks for the opportunity. Great photos, by the way :)

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  40. i love and miss my old nalgene! so happy they are BPA free now!

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  41. Just found your blog and love it! :D

    I linked back!

    http://nutritiousisdelicious.blogspot.com/2009/03/bottomless-pit.html

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  42. discovered your blog through katheats! and i linked you on my blog!

    http://purplepavementchronicles.blogspot.com/

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  43. Hurray for filtering for good!

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  44. Ah I love a good Nalgene! Thanks for such a great update on the BPA dangers! Let's help the Earth in any way we can! I'm with ya girl!

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  45. Yay! I think it is time to retire my BPA-containing nalgene... Also, I'm wondering about iron sources. I'm anemic and my doctor told me to consume more red meat which has helped, and I'm also sure to have citrus with my greens and take vit C with my iron pills. SOmebody also suggested dried apricots and raisins - are those good sources?

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  46. BPA-free is the only way to roll. I was using mines for awhile when the warnings surfaced. I don't know if it's psychological or what, but I noticed a difference when I stopped using mine.

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  47. retired my old nalgene - would love a bpa free one!

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  48. I seriously hope more companies follow the trend!

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  49. This is a good thing! I need a waterbottle!

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  50. http://tinybuttons.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/lets-win/

    I linked it!

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  51. Glad to hear that Nalgene is stepping it up! Thanks for the BPA insight!

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  52. Very interesting stuff! Thank you for enlightening us all!

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  53. I don't have a blog, but I'd still love to win the bottle. BTW, the oats look yummy! The Breakfast of Champions!

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  54. I would love to win this bottle! I have one already, and I use it all of the time. It would be wonderful to have one in the dishwasher and one in-hand!

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  55. That is so exciting for Nalgene to go BPA free due to consumer demand... go us! The bottle looks awesome! :)

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  56. I havveeee to stop buying new bottles of poland spring everyday!!

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  57. I miss my Nalgene bottle, my old one was not BPA free so I stopped using it. Oh how I would love a new one!

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  58. I was so sad when I had to throw away my old nalgene bottle :(
    would LOVE to win this one!

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  59. BPA? Why isn't this a bigger topic in the news??

    What size is the bottle you're giving away, in ounces....aka how many would one need to drink to meet their H2O requirements for the day!!

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  60. I also had to throw away two of my old nalgene bottles! So sad. They were pink and red, and I loved them. Maybe I'll get a new one soon...
    Sarah

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  61. i never know which water bottles are ok, so i never get one! thanks for the heads up :)

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  62. Yay for no BPA! I currently have a tiny on-its-last-legs water bottle that I use, and I'm not sure whether or not its BPA-free (I'd venture to say it's not). Thanks for giving this matter more attention!

    Also, I linked back to this post at http://www.hollieandjohnny.com/?p=958. Thanks!

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  63. BPA=:(.......my DH is still using his old bottle and could definately use a 'safe' one...pick meeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    Zoe

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  64. This would be a great replacement for my old nalgene bottle!!

    *I linked back to your post on my blog:
    http://allthingsmelia.blogspot.com/

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  65. What a wonderful give away! Thanks for helping us take better care of ourselves :)

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  66. Thanks for the info and the great giveaway.

    I will link to this post (haven't finished it yet)

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  67. I would love to win a bottle! Great topic and giveaway!

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  68. I mentioned you on my blog here,

    http://priyankalovesfood.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/soupy-daysoupy-day/

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  69. Great giveaway! I don't have a nutrition question....I have learned so much about nutrition in general since I started reading blogs!

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  70. What an awesome giveaway! For my question what is the best way to get iron in if you dont eat meat?

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  71. I would love this water bottle! I posted about this giveaway here:

    http://thisismelinda.blogspot.com/

    Your blog is adorable. I think I'll add you to my reader!

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  72. Nice post. I've been really interested in the whole BPA controversy ever since it came about in regards to "throwaway" water bottles. I gave you a mention at my hiking blog, http://hillclimbinblues.blogspot.com/
    It's very new, so I haven't got much of an audience yet. Here is my nutrition question: during extended stays at high altitude (above 15,000 feet), oxygen particles are available in much lower concentrations. This can be linked to permanent brain damage and many life threatening diseases (HAPE, HACE, various other altitude sicknesses). Are there any specific foods which would be beneficial to a body receiving less oxygen than necessary for ordinary bodily function (I was thinking blueberries, but I don't know much about nutrition, haha).

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  73. Great BPA free Nalgene bottle! I'd love to win!

    And I posted a link here: http://letsgetserioussisters.blogspot.com/2009/03/more-cool-give-aways.html

    :)

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  74. Oh wow, love it! Nalgene bottles are very very sturdy + durable.

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  75. How have I not commented yet? Well, here it is and I also linked back to this on my blog.

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  76. I just saw your post through N Her Shoes. I hope you don't mind. I don't have any nutrition questions at the moment but I will be adding you to my blog list. :-)

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