Plastic Panic...Is BPA really that bad for us?
BPA stands for bisphenol A. And wouldn't you know it (you would if you've been reading this journal!) the FDA approved it for use in just about everything we use, without safety testing it for its effects on humans!
Actually, very few studies have been done and those that have are worrying. A Chinese study published last November in Human Reproduction, presented evidence of hormone effects in humans (all men in the study) who were exposed to high levels of airborne BPA. The men had a higher incidence of sexual dysfunction, loss of sex drive and other sexual problems. While these problems are not life-threatening, the researchers viewed it as a sign that other problems may be linked to BPA, perhaps even cancer. The first large human study of BPA exposure was published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that people with higher levels of BPA were more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities.
7 billion pounds of BPA are manufactured annually, and this number increases every year! Virtually all of us have been exposed to this chemical, most of us are exposed repeatedly every day. It is used in clear plastic products (water bottles, baby bottles) and in the resin that lines food and beverage cans. Manufacturers like BPA because it is tough and heat-resistant. Earlier this year Consumer Reports published test results for BPA levels in canned products ~ nearly all had traces of the chemical.
Nobody really knows how much exposure is safe, and there actually may be no safe level...As Dr. Bellonzi pointed out in the video we showcased the other day on sugar: a little bit of arsenic might not kill you, but that next teaspoon of it may!
What can we do? Eat fresh or frozen foods rather than canned. DO NOT use plastic containers in the microwave (it always surprises me when people do not know this!) Look for BPA-Free plastic products ~ products with a #3 or #7 on the bottom may contain BPA, unless BPA-Free is specifically indicated.
Finally, not only are plastic bottles potentially lethal to your health, they are killing our planet. Please buy BPA-Free or aluminum water containers and refill them with your favorite drinks. THANK YOU!