25 September 2015

Is BPA harmful? An eye-opener to BPA

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What is BPA? Is BPA harmful? Should I be worried about BPA? If you have these questions about BPA, then this article will be an eye-opener about BPA.

Bisphenol A, (BPA) is the most common chemical we are exposed to each day.

Should I be worried about BPA?

These Polycarbonate plastics have many applications including use in some food and drinks packaging such as water and baby bottles, and ATM receipts. Epoxy resins are used to coat metal products such as food cans, bottle tops, eye glasses and water supply pipes.

Ways by which we get exposed to BPA

BPA is an unstable compound especially at high temperatures, can leach into food from lining of cans, food storage containers, water bottles, and baby bottles. They also leach out of these products when we store hot foods in them.

Risks involved with the use of BPA

BPA is of particular concern to women of childbearing age and young children. BPA is a man-made estrogen that can upset the hormone system, particularly when exposures occur while babies are in the womb or in early life. Even minute quantities trigger risks of breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty, miscarriages, poor immunity and metabolic disorders like type-2 diabetes.

How to reduce the usage of BPA?

  • Use only good quality plastic wares for microwave ovens.
  • Reduce your use of canned foods. Eat fresh foods.
  • Replace plastics with glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers for hot food or liquids.
  • Take extra care while buying infant feeding bottles. Opt for bottles that are BPA free and select toys that are labelled BPA free.

To Ponder . . .

The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) and Silent Spring Institute recruited five families to play a part in a study of BPA. Results published in Environmental Health Perspectives (March 2011) were as follows:

For three days, participants were provided fresh food, not canned or packaged in plastic. They were refrained from canned foods and drinks. The effect was noteworthy. While the families were eating the foods supplied by BCF, their BPA levels dropped to an average of 60 percent.

GIST: You can reduce your BPA exposure by cooking fresh foods at home, avoiding canned foods, choosing glass and stainless steel food and beverage containers, and not microwaving in plastic.

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