BPA Debate Goes On
The FDA has said that BPA doesn’t pose a risk to people. BPA (bisphnol A) is a hormone-like chemical found in plastics. Although, the three studies which the FDA based their opinion, were funded by the chemical industry.
Hundreds of independent studies suggest the chemical poses serious risks. The latest research links BPA to both heart disease and diabetes in adults. BPA has been detected in the bodies of virtually all Americans who were tested. Adults with the highest BPA levels in their urine were more than twice as likely to have heart disease or diabetes, than those with the lowest levels.
Ben & Nicole think BPA is…
Obviously, it’s important to protect fetuses and infants from BPA, because they are the most vulnerable to hormonal influences. Babies are exposed to more than 12 times as much BPA per pound of body weight as adults. The most common means which babies are exposed to BPA is through plastic baby bottles and formula containers.
Other Not-So-Friendly Effects From BPA Exposure:
(According to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Smart Plastics Guide)
1. Structural damage to your brain
2. Hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning
3. Increased fat formation and risk of obesity
4. Altered immune function
5. Early puberty, stimulation of mammary gland development, disrupted reproductive
6. cycles, and ovarian dysfunction
7. Changes in gender-specific behavior, and abnormal sexual behavior
8. Stimulation of prostate cancer cells
9. Increased prostate size, and decreased sperm production
To Avoid BPA Exposure:
1. Only use glass baby bottles and dishes for your baby.
2. Give your baby natural fabric toys instead of plastic ones.
3. Store your food and beverages in glass—NOT plastic containers.
4. If you use a microwave, don’t microwave food in a plastic container.
5. Stop buying and consuming canned drinks.
6. Avoid using plastic wrap (and never microwave anything covered in it).
7. If you opt to use plastic kitchenware, at least get rid of the older, scratched-up varieties, avoid putting them in the dishwasher, and don’t wash them with harsh detergents, as these things can cause more chemicals to leach into your food.
8. Avoid using bottled water; filter your own using a reverse osmosis filter instead.
9. Before allowing a dentist to apply a sealant to your children’s teeth, ask your dentist to verify that it does not contain BPA.
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