BPA stands for bisphenol A, a chemical that is used to make certain plastics and resins for over 60 years. Plastics are often used in making containers for storage of food and beverages. Resins are used to coat the inside of metal containers like food cans, bottle caps and pipes. BPA mimics the properties of the hormone, estrogen. Any chemical with estrogenic activity like BPA, has been reported to cause adverse effects to the brain and reproductive organs, as well as increase the risk of high blood pressure, cancer and obesity. Research has shown that the food or beverage can get contaminated by BPA that can ooze into the food from containers made of BPA.
Note*** (BPS, BPE, BPF and numerous others are also toxic)
Plastics bottles that contain BPA have recycle codes on their bottoms with the number 3 or the number 7.However, avoid reusing plastics labeled ‘1’ and ‘2,’ and do not use them with warm or hot liquids.
Recent studies have reported that BPA exposure for children can start while in the mothers womb.
The chemical has been linked to such disorders as obesity, hypertension, and insulin resistance, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.
Research has demonstrated links between prenatal BPA exposure and behavioural outcomes. However, child sex may moderate associations between in-utero BPA exposure and behavioural difficulties.
Childhood (environmental) concentrations of BPA have also been linked with anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, and inattention. Even low levels may have an effect. Exposure to dental composites (of which BPA is a common component) has also been associated with psychosocial outcomes in children aged 6 to 10, including higher emotional symptoms and total problem behaviours.
Some of the items that contain BPA:
- Canned food
- Fax paper
- Canned beverages
- Medical plastics and tubing
- Canned liquid
- infant formula
- Pacifier shields
- Plastic baby bottles
- Cell phones
- Plastic laboratory equipment
- Children’s toys
- Plastic tableware
- Coated paper used in receipts
- Plastic water bottles
- Dental sealants
- Recycled paper products
- White dental fillings
In Addition For Girls / Women
There is concern about the impact of BPA on early puberty in girls. Studies have also linked BPA to frequent miscarriages. In addition, several studies have found a connection between high levels of BPA and decreased fertility in women, including less success with in vitro fertilization treatments.
In Addition For Boys /Men
Studies of males exposed to higher level sof BPA have shown a drop in sperm count and sexual drive.
How To Reduce Exposure to BPA?
- Look for products labelled as BPA free and use them. If a product is not labelled, keep in mind that some, but not all, plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.
- Avoid heating or microwaving food in plastic containers that are unmarked since heat can cause breakdown of plastic, causing BPA to leach into food.
- Recycle all plastic products and do not reuse plastic containers that are cracked or chipped.
- Use glass or porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and hot liquids.
- Read the labels for BPA listings on them
- If you are unsure ask or go onto the companies website.
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