USA Today reports that Bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-like chemical in plastic, has been found in 93% of Americans tested. Recent studies suggest that BPA alters the development of the brain and prostate gland in children. This synthetic estrogen chemical has also been linked to a host of cancers, heart disease, early-onset puberty, obesity, and diabetes.
BPA is found in baby bottles, plastic utensils, dental sealants, food can linings, and plastic bottles. The longer a liquid sits in a container with BPA, the more BPA leaches into the liquid.
University of Cincinnati researchers discovered that BPA, at levels comparable to those commonly found in humans, can suppress the release of a hormone (adiponectin) that normally helps protect people from heart attacks and diabetes.
A recent British study found that the 25 percent of people with the highest levels of BPA in the bodies are more than twice as likely to have heart disease and/or diabetes!
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate BPA, and manufacturers are not required to list BPA on product labels.
How to Avoid BPA
Unfortunately, BPA is so widespread in our society that it’s probably impossible to totally avoid it; however, you can greatly reduce your exposure by avoiding products likely to contain BPA.
- Drink from glass or stainless steel containers rather than plastic. Do not drink bottled water! Purify your own water at home with a water filter.
- If you have a baby, avoid buying plastic bottles and toys. Use glass bottles, and opt for natural toys.
- Do not let your child put plastic products in his or her mouth.
- Do not buy canned food. Eat fresh food instead.
- Never heat up food in a plastic container. Heat helps to release BPA.