What is BPA and should you be worried about it? From the Mayo Clinic:
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in polycarbonate plastic food and beverage containers and in resin linings for cans. Research has shown that BPA can leach into food from these containers and cans. Because BPA appears to cause health problems in animal studies, some scientists are concerned about the risk BPA poses to humans.
The FDA has acknowledged concerns about the potential effects of BPA on the brain and the prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children.
Suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, and some retailers have removed products made of it from their shelves. A 2010 report from the FDA raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants, and young children.
It looks like there is a good chance that BPA found in plastic containers and canned food is dangerous and should be avoided. It has been implicated in:
- neurological disorders
- thyroid problems
- prostate problems
BPA is believed to be especially dangerous for babies and young children.
How to reduce your exposure to BPA:
- choose glass or BPA-free plastic baby bottles
- use glass, stainless steel, or porcelain containers to store food
- do not microwave plastic food containers
- reduce or eliminate your use of canned foods
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