Everyone knows the importance of staying hydrated on the golf course (although it’s worth repeating). The containers you choose are also an important part of staying healthy—both during and after a match or a workout. BPA-free containers are the recommended way to go.

What is BPA?

BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical found in aluminum and plastic food and drink containers—and water bottles. The FDA says BPA is safe at low levels, and while it has expressed “some concern” over possible harmful effects of BPA on infants and young children, has not come out with a strong recommendation against it. But studies have consistently pointed to the possibility that BPA plays a role in obesity, diabetes, reproductive health issues, susceptibility to cancers and cognitive or behavioral conditions like ADHD.

How to avoid BPA

While the evidence isn’t conclusive yet, it’s best to be safe.

  1. Check the label to see if containers are BPA-free
  2. Cut back on cans
  3. Avoid exposing containers to heat
  4. Use glass or stainless steel containers

It may not always be convenient to use BPA-free containers. The point is to choose them when and if you can.

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