Get Educated on BPA

4 Apr

By now, we’re all familiar with the phrase “BPA-free” – but what is BPA and why should we avoid it?

BPA stands for Bisphenol A, which is a chemical used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins.  It’s clear, durable, and used in millions of consumer products.  But, it acts as a endocrine-disruptor that can really mess with people’s hormones.  Especially estrogen.  Research has shown that within humans and animals,  BPA will highly concentrate in placenta.  We are being born poisoned by BPA.  Because of this horrifying fact, the FDA took a serious look at the safety of using BPA in products geared towards newborns, infants, and young children.  Now, Canada, Europe, and the US have banned the use of BPA in manufacturing baby bottles.

But guess what?  Its still everywhere.  It’s in my polycarbonate eyeglass lenses, food containers, water bottles, dental fillings, sports equipment, DVDs, toys, water pipes, thermal receipt paper, and all kinds of other stuff.  And guess what else?  If a product contains BPA, they don’t have to include that on the label.  Scary.

Testing on lab rats has shown a myriad of potential negative health effects.  Trends towards early puberty, obesity, thyroid issues, breast & prostate cancers, hyperactivity, poor memory, and proclivity to drug abuse/addiction.  The research goes on and on.  And yet, we are told by the FDA that exposure to BPA is low risk.  They say the same thing about disposable diapers and I would never, ever, ever put one on my child.  I’m not buying into it and I’m not buying it.

Products labelled with the recycling codes 7 or 3 are the most likely to contain BPA, but that’s no guarantee.  Code 7 is basically just a lump category for “other stuff,” like polycarbonate.  Trace amounts of BPA might be found in any of the other recycling codes.  If it’s not labeled BPA-free, then its extremely probably that the product contains BPA in at least trace amounts.  I’ve heard people say things like Well its only trace amounts, what’s the big deal?  Well, if every thing you come in contact with contains trace amounts, then by the end of the day/week/year you have come into contact with large amounts of the chemical.  And that is a big deal.

The life-cycle of BPA doesn’t end there.  Once we throw these products away, BPA leeches into the soil and into the water.  We then get poisoned all over again from food grown from the land and from water.  The leeching of BPA effects animals, as well.  And guess what?  Those are the same animals that end up on your dinner plate.

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Do you buy BPA-free?

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2 Responses to “Get Educated on BPA”

  1. Amanda April 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Even BPS, which they now use as a replacement, alters hormones at low doses. This is scary stuff!

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  1. BPA-Free + Balanced Bites | SOLE for the Soul - April 9, 2013

    […] How cute are these little containers that MiraBrands sent me to test out?  Keep an eye because next week I’ll be doing a giveaway and one lucky reader will get a set of their own!  The containers are food-grade  stainless steel and the lids are LDPE #4 (non-toxic) plastic.  Both are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, and lead.  You can read more about why I chose BPA-free containers here. […]

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