By: Nikki Nies
Bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in the materials used to produce the containers of processed goods and products. Since the 1960s, BPA has been used to produce hard plastic and resins, specifically plastic water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, medical devices, contact lenses and dental devices.
Many health conscious individuals look for the BPA free label when purchasing water bottles as there have been concerns that arise from BPA use. BPA can cause unnatural hormonal changes linked to heart attacks, obesity, and certain cancers.
BPA is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. It can leach into food from the protective internal epoxy resin coatings of food products. Babies and young children are most susceptible to adverse effects of BPA.
Adverse effects of BPA products:
- Male impotence and sperm count decrease
- Heart disease
- Obesity increase
- Diabetes increase
- Hyperactivity/difficulty learning
- More susceptible to cancer
- Early puberty in females
- Increased risk of autism
- Ovarian cysts/uterine fibroids
- Abnormal play/social behavior
What can you do? Limit microwaving foods in polycarbonate plastic containers; reduce use of canned foods; choose glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers; use baby bottles labeled BPA free and recycle bottles according to their recycling codes. Look for products that proudly show off a BPA free stamp!