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Plastic bottles and BPA…why should you worry? April 4, 2010

Filed under: In your body — theecovangelist @ 2:01 am
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What is BPA?

  • BPA, also known as Bisphenol A is a common chemical used to make plastic and is lined in metal containers.
  • It is found in baby bottles, water bottles, almost all canned food, and soda cans When heated or cooled, BPA leaches into food and liquids.
  • The chemical was found in the urine of 95% of Americans tested How does it effect me? BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and when in your body, it can mimic your hormones, eventually causing an imbalance.
  • Several studies have linked BPA to many medical problems, including breast and prostate cancer, thyroid disruption, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, hyperactivity and possibly miscarriages.
  • This is of specific concern for children, since several baby bottles still have BPA, and many of the effects are seen in fetal and infant brain development.

What should I do?

  • Use Stainless Steel bottles
  • Use Glass containers to store food
  • Avoid plastic bottles and containers….yes even many of your favorite Nalgene bottles have BPA
  • Avoid canned food, canned soda Aluminum bottles are great also, but are sometimes lined with BPA, so double check before you purchase
  • If you must use plastic bottles/containers: make sure they are BPA free, do not leave them in extreme heat or cold.
  •  Do not put in them in the dishwasher, hand wash gently Avoid #7 and #3 plastics: Most plastics have a symbol or number at the bottom.
  • Plastics #1, #2, #4, #5, #6 do not use BPA, but may leach other chemicals

Supporting News Articles and Journals

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/opinion/08kristof.html?_r=1 http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm197739.htm http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/34532034.html “CERHR Expert Panel Report for Bisphenol A” http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/84527992.html http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123270713/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703906204575027260626461950.html

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