Thursday, June 30, 2011

BPA-Free Alternative to Canned Oil Sprays

I recently discovered that my go-to spray can of 100% virgin olive oil was sitting in a bath of BPA. BPA (Bisphenol A) is the “hot topic” hormone-disrupting chemical found in many plastics and resin linings. Continuous exposure to BPA has been linked to cancer in several studies. And wherever there is a food or drink can, there is usually a BPA resin lining. I knew this – and that is one (of many) reasons why I refrain from giving my family canned foods or drinks. Yet, despite this knowledge, I kept buying olive oil in a can because it was convenient and I had no clue another option existed.

I have so many healthy uses for oil spray – from greasing the iron frying pan for burgers, to coating ceramic baking pans for cakes, to spritzing homemade chips and baked sweet potato fries – that once I discovered the BPA link, I was desperate to find a healthier, BPA-free alternative. A quick internet search lead me to my solution: the Prepara Oil Mister, an attractive glass tabletop mister that allows you to use your own oil for misting foods and coating pans. A patented filtering system even allows you to infuse fresh herbs and spices without clogging the easy-to-use, non-aerosol sprayer. What I also love about my new Prepara Oil Mister, is that you control what goes into it, so there are no “surprise” ingredients. My go-to olive aerosol spray contained soy lecithin (an ingredient I am trying to avoid anyhow) and other additives to control the consistency and freshness. With the Prepara Oil Mister, you ingest only pure, healthy oil. No more fillers. No more additives. No more BPA.

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