Every morning Big Girl and Little Girl have cereal and yogurt. It’s organic yogurt free of artificial flavors and colors, but I still wonder how healthy it is. You see, it comes in a big plastic tub.
I believe the tub is BPA-free, but I can’t really be absolutely sure, can I? I looked it up, of course. It’s marked with a 5, which means it’s polypropylene, according to this Daily Green article. Once I knew what it was made of I looked up that material on Dow Chemical’s product page. Once there, I read all about it. I was somewhat mollified to learn that it’s used for food storage in the European Union, too. (Given its proactive stance on food dyes, BPA, and genetically modified foods, I feel like the EU is a better bellwether than the U.S. government as to whether or not something is healthy.) But can I trust those sources? How do I really know that chemicals aren’t leeching into my supposedly healthy breakfast staple?
I don’t, of course, and it’s not like I can go out and make my own yogurt or buy yogurt in glass jars. So what’s a mom to do? I’m not going to stop giving my kids a food that’s providing 35 percent of their daily calcium intake. Not to mention all the Vitamin D and protein. Have any ideas?
One day, I hope, I won’t have to think about any of this. I will feel safe and protected. Until that day, I have to ask: Have any other ideas on the topic?
This post is how I am participating this week in Real Food Wednesdays and Fight Back Fridays — two awesome campaigns to get people eating real food again.