Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, poses a clear threat to our health. BPA replacements, such as BPS, used in some “BPA-free” products may not be any better.
By now, the science is pretty played out: Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, poses a clear threat to our health. The cash-register receipt, plastic, and canned-food-lining chemical plays tricks on our hormonal system, acting like an estrogen imposter and promoting problems like breast and prostate cancers, heart trouble, type 2 diabetes, autism, asthma, infertility, and even obesity. The new finding? BPA replacements used in some “BPA-free” products may not be any better.
New research has found a newer chemical used to replace BPA called bisphenol S, or BPS, acts similarly to hormone-disrupting BPA. A new animal study finds BPS behaves very similarly to BPA, a chemical that throws off the body’s natural signaling of estrogen, which is a bodily function both men and women need to be healthy.
Throwing our bodies’ hormonal rhythms into chaos could mess with cell growth, healthy hormone release, and neurotransmitter health, as shown in previous BPA research examining exposure to very low levels—ones we likely encounter throughout the day.
What is a hormone disruptor: http://www.rodale.com/hormone-disrupting-chemicals
A Failed System
This new study is the latest in a long line of research that suggests U.S. chemical policy is woefully inadequate when it comes to protecting human health. Like BPA, BPS was introduced into consumer products before scientists had adequately tested its safety, a costly mistake, considering all of the serious health problems scientists are now associating with hormone-disrupting chemicals.
A change is needed with the way we introduce chemicals into consumer products. Extensive testing must be done first before chemicals are put into a product that goes into the marketplace.
What is BPA?
- BPA stands for Bishpenol A, an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products.
How is BPA used?
BPA is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.
- Polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of common products including digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)
- electrical and electronic equipment
- sports safety equipment
- reusable food and drink containers
- and many other products.
BPA is also used in the production of epoxy resins. Epoxy resins have many uses.
- electrical laminates for printed circuit boards
- a variety of protective coatings
- used as protective liners in metal cans to maintain the quality of canned foods and beverages
How much BPA is produced?
- In 2002, approximately 2.8 million tons of BPA was produced globally
Has BPA been tested for safety?
- BPA is one of the most extensively tested materials in use today
Does BPA pose a risk to human health?
Recent studies have shown BPA to:
- cause obesity in children
- causes changes in the brain
- BPA tooth fillings linked to behavior disorder in children
- worse than BPA? BPS found hiding in receipts and recycled paper
- due to these and other chemical, new puberty age for girls is 10
- toxic BPA levels increase a shocking 1200% after eating canned food
- BPS may cause arrhythmia, heart attacks in women
How to Get on a Truly BPA-Free Path
- Be skeptical of plastic. While No. 7 plastics are most likely to contain BPA or BPS, the truth is hormone-disrupting chemicals may be in all different types of plastic formulations.
- Use glass, ceramic, or food-grade metal containers for food and drinks.
- Never heat plastic. Heat will make these things leach out even more.
- Keep all plastics out of the microwave and the dishwasher.
- Avoid keeping plastic water bottles in hot cars.
- Avoid trivial receipts. Scientists previously found that BPA coated on thermal cash-register receipts readily seeps through your skin. Avoid this unnecessary exposure to the chemical and say “No receipt, please”. If needed for tax purposes use your camera and take a pic.
- Avoid canned foods. Choose fresh or frozen options to avoid BPA or similar chemicals.
Read full article here: http://www.rodale.com/bpa-replacements
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“BPA-Free” Products May Still Contain BPA: http://www.rodale.com/bpa-and-plastic-bottles