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A new small study suggests, simply changing the way we eat for just a few days can dramatically reduce one’s exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates.

It’s rather simple really – eat less food from metal cans, containers and plastic – and opt for freshly prepared food.

BPA is a compound that hardens plastic and is used in thousands of everyday consumer items including the lining of food cans, food containers, DVD cases, shower curtains, and baby bottles. It’s so prevalent in food packaging and other consumer items that research has found at least 90 percent of Americans have it in their blood.

Phthalates are used in plastic primarily to make the material soft and flexible and are found in some children’s toys, shower curtains and other products.

The study was released by Silent Spring, a non-profit breast cancer research group. And the data will be published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

"BPA and phthalates are potent hormone disruptors that have been very strongly linked to breast cancer, to prostate cancer, to other types of serious human disease," Rick Smith from Environmental Defence tells CTV News.

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