Individuals may prefer to use a BPA-free coffee maker, because BPA may cause potential health concerns. Though BPA’s negative effects on health are not completely verified, the FDA recommends that precautions are taken against BPA exposure. BPA is found in various plastics and in the lining of canned foods.
There is research that points to BPA as being an endocrine disruptor, potential cause of reproductive problems and a possible cause of some types of cancer.
Completely eliminating BPA from a lifestyle is most likely impossible, but an individual can lessen BPA exposure. Ways to decrease BPA exposure include using non-plastic containers for food, choosing BPA-free products, not heating plastic that may contain BPA and not putting boiling water in plastic containers that may contain BPA.
BPA-free products are becoming increasingly available, including coffee makers. However, many coffee makers are not labeled BPA-free, so an individual cannot tell if they contain BPA or not. Some coffee makers that are labeled BPA-free may contain other harmful chemicals in the plastic components.
Coffee makers without plastic parts, especially without plastic parts that come into contact with the contents, are the least likely to contain BPA and other potentially harmful chemicals. Coffee makers made with glass and stainless steel are considered generally safer than those made with plastic.