What is BPA? It’s a common question in today’s world, and if you are looking out for your health, you should know what it is. BPA stands for Biphenol A, which is an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics and plastic resins since 1960. BPA can be found in most polycarbonate plastics and epoxy, plastic, or man-made resins. It can be found to coat food and drink cans, and the weird thing about this chemical is; it behaves in a very similar way to estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones in the human body. BPA can be found in eyeglass lenses, DVDs, CDs, and even dental fillings.
The reason to stay away from BPA is because Bisphenol A is a very powerful endocrine disruptor, or a chemical that interferes with the production, transport, secretion and function of natural hormones. Your natural hormones, that your body uses frequently and constantly to function. BPA can even imitate our body’s hormones in ways that are very hazardous for our health, especially in babies and young children who are more sensitive than adults to the negative effects of BPA
Some research has even shown that our food absorbs BPA from the containers food is packaged in. This is a major concern because of the effects BPA has on the brain and behavior of the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. BPA might even have a link to high blood pressure. What is known is that reproductive disorders, heart disease (more likely in women), male impotence, type 2 diabetes, and even memory loss are known to correlate with excessive exposure to BPA over long periods of time.
BPA can even be found in Soda Cans, reports Scientists from Health Canada. Albeit, this is a low but measurable amount of BPA. This is due to a small lining of BPA that is used to keep direct contact from the product and the metal. BPA can even be found in thermal paper, which is used in movie theater tickets, airline tickets and labels. This thermal paper BPA is then transferred from the hand, to the mouth and is harmful via ingestion.
Even with a multitude of research showing the harmful effects of BPA, the FDA has said that BPA is generally “safe” in small amounts. Although BPA has a long half-life meaning the effects “stack” and increase even if in small amounts. The FDA is however continuing research on BPA, but until new findings are discovered you can stay away from BPA by using BPA-free products. Manufactures are creating more and more BPA-free products due to the public outcry against the ingestion of the chemical. You can also cut back on cans, or avoid letting your food sit in packaging whilst hot. Heat can cause plastic to melt, even if it is not visible to the naked eye. This in turn can cause BPA to leech into your food and drinks.
The safest method however, is to use alternatives to plastic. Glassware, porcelain, or stainless steel containers are the safest bet when wanting to stay away from BPA.