BPA In Water Bottles
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an compound used to make industrial and residential plastics, commonly found in everyday consumer products, such as sales receipts, canned goods, Tupperware, and water bottles. Most studies have revealed estrogenic properties within BPA since the mid-1930s; however, only recently have alarmists raised the concern over its effect on the human body. In fact, since its recognition in the mainstream media aired in 2008, several governments have issued safety reports and orders to have consumer products containing BPA promptly removed from store shelves.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) similarly raised further questions regarding BPA exposure to fetuses, infants and young children. Canada was the first country declare BPA a toxic substance in September of 2010. Constant exposure to BPA reportedly causes problems to the body's hormonal system, and may have links connected to obesity, neurological issues, thyroid problems, and cancer.
What is BPA?
Biphenol A is a byproduct used to manufacture epoxy resin, polyester-styrene, and polycarbonate plastics, often found in everyday consumer products, such as sales receipts, Tupperware, water bottles, and canned goods. For many decades, scientists have known that BPA acts as an endocrine inhibitor, which has the capabilities of harming the developmental, reproductive, and other mammalian biological processes. According to a study conducted by TM Crisp, et al. in 1998, an endocrine inhibitor or disruptor directly interferes with the synthesis, secretion transport, binding, and elimination of the body's natural hormones, which are responsible for homeostasis, reproduction, development, and other biological behaviors. In other words, BPA contains estrogenic properties.
Where do You Find BPA?
Consumers are exposed to BPA in readily available products, including baby bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups, canned soft drinks, plastic toys, water bottles, plastic food storage containers, canned foods, bottled soft drinks, infant liquid formula, Tupperware, dental sealants and fillings, eye glass lenses and frames, CDs and DVDs, electronics, sales receipts, and plastic sports equipment. In essence, consumers are exposed to BPA on a consistent basis with new generations facing life-time toxicity since birth. Only within the past couple of years have government agencies and corporations started to convert these consumer products without the presence of BPA.
How Often Are We Exposed to BPA?
What are the Effects of BPA on Human Health?
How to Prevent BPA Exposure?
Consumers can prevent BPA exposure by simply refusing to purchase consumer products that are known for containing the toxic substance. Others might choose to opt for purchasing consumer goods that have the "BPA-free" label conspicuously secured on the item they considering to purchase. Likewise, do not buy plastic goods labeled with the "PC label #7." Not only #7 plastics contain BPA; however, remaining consciously aware of the intended items for purchase will help lessen the BPA exposure. Mothers should choose a powdered form of baby formula to avoid using the liquid version often found in BPA plastic containers. Avoid using plastics to heat food. Purchase ceramic, glass, and other microwavable dishes. Heating BPA plastics, such as Tupperware, may cause the BPA to leech into the food intended for consumption. Lastly, tell the cashier to trash the sales receipt. Sales receipts are predominately known for their BPA content.