Why Care about BPA?

So, why should we care about BPA?

BPA is a key ingredient in polycarbonate plastics…. It is found in many products in our modern world.  It is estimated that more than 90% of all people have BPA in their body. Much research has been performed on animals showing that BPA contributes to diseases such as diabetes and cancers.  BPA mimics estrogen in the body and can lead to abnormal development of the prostate gland, mammary glands, and reduced production of sperm count and chromosomal changes in the egg. There has been much debate over the subject-  slowly but surely, the research is pointing us away from BPA.

Did you know that while BPA (bisphenol A) has been removed from many infant and child products, it is still found in many food storage containers, plastic bottles, receipt tape and as an epoxy resin found in the lining of many metal food containers?  The FDA has been reviewing its use for years; the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences advises against heating plastics in the microwave or dishwasher because of the risk of BPA leaching into foods. Heat breaks down plastics, allowing BPA to be released.  BPA is  water soluble, which makes it particularly dangerous in receipt paper, because it is so easily transferred from the paper through the skin. Additionally the paper winds up in the recycling chain and returns in our paper products like toilet-paper,  and many other seemingly innocuous products.

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